Why I Do Not Favor Compulsory Health Insurance

Ralph S. Cone
1917 Journal of the American Medical Association  
why is a method that removes all of it open to condemnation? Clarification will not neutralize the danger of infection that may reside in unpastetirized milk. It is immeasurably superior to the ordinary methods of straining employed on dairy farms. If efficiency in performing this function is to be the measure of condemnation, and if the degree of condemnation is to be proportionate to the degree of efficiency, then the advocates of clarification should be sentenced to service in a diet squad
more » ... e in a diet squad created for the purpose of solving the high cost of living. Clarification (perfect straining) removes all visible sediment. If this is bad practice, why is partial removal by imperfect straining good practice? Reasoning backward, all methods of straining should be discontinued, for the more perfect they are, the more reprehensible they become. The covered milk pail should be abolished because it excludes dirt that would be included "under ordinary conditions," and cleansing the cow becomes one of those finicky ideas which, if carried out, prevents the consumer from knowing just how dirty a sample of milk may lie "under ordinary conditions." People naturally object to having milk served to them wearing a flowing beard or a toupee or sadly in need of a haircut, and clarification confiscates all of the hirsute appendages found in milk produced "under ordinary conditions." We might go a step farther
doi:10.1001/jama.1917.04270040128023 fatcat:mh6t2axz5be35ifk5rptlort2i