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The Canada Lancet

and

National Hygiene

Incorporating The Dominion Medical Monthly

THE CANADA LANCET VOL. LVIII., NO. V

VOL. LXII

TORONTO, JANUARY, 1924

No. 1

Editorial

Compulsory Health The editor of a recent number of Scribner's says that for ages it was man's right and privilege—his most distinguishing attribute—to enjoy ill-health. He might do the things he ought not to do and not do the things he ought to do: feast till he ached, in some part of his anatomy, drink till he saw serpents, enjoy the luxury of idle muscles, shut his windows against the chilly night air, sleep in feather beds, go without baths, neglect his teeth, and allow his arteries to harden, if he chose. When plague was abroad he might be social and contract the disease and suffer the experience of its symptoms. Now he is set upon by sundry non-humans, myopic and with mental twists for being different, who are trying to do away with the good old days and ways; who censor our steps, prevent us from enjoying life as we please and from working out our own evolution. It began with restraining us from

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