England’s Medicine

England’s Medicine
The hypochondriac who doses himself copiously with medicine is a familiar figure in fact and fiction, but that nations as well as individuals might have distinct medicinal thirsts is an entirely unusual viewpoint.
Sir Kingsley Wood, Minister of Health in Great Britain, is disturbed over this aspect of public health affairs. The records of prescriptions in England lead him to the conclusion that his countrymen are rapidly becoming a nation of confirmed medicine drinkers. Under the circumstances the conclusion does not seem far-fetched. There were no fewer than 57 million prescriptions filled in 1934 under the Health Insurance Acts. With a population of 40 million, this is a per capita consumption which suggests flourishing business for the chemists, as the perverse English insist on calling their druggists.
Health records show that in Scotland the people drink only half as much as medicine per capita.
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Longevity
A child born in 1901 had a life expectancy of only 49.24 years. A child bone in 1936 has a life expectancy of 61 years and three months. These figures are deduced from statistical tables of life insurance companies.
Thus the average life span has increased about a dozen years since 1901. And this came after much had been done as compared with still earlier periods. Will the next thirty-five years bring a longer average lifetime to the people of America?
We live longer because we live better. We have greater knowledge. Our water supplies and milk supplies are carefully guarded, we obviate the danger of epidemics that killed thousands in earlier years. We safeguard the health of children more carefully. We have cut the death rate from tuberculosis almost in half. But we still have much to learn.
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Tomato Juice
One ounce of tomato juice (fresh or factory caned, not home canned) furnishes, at the time can is opened, 170 units of Vitamin A, nine units of Vitamin B, fourteen units of Vitamin C and five units of Vitamin G, and has a caloric content of six. One ounce of fresh orange juice furnishes only twenty units of Vitamin A, the same amount of Vitamin B and Vitamin C as tomato juice, and ten units of Vitamin G, and has a caloric content of twelve. Thus factory canned tomato juice is a great blessing, especially for infants, where orange juice is not available. Upon standing in an open vessel for a week or more, part of the Vitamin C is destroyed by oxidation.