Excerpt from The Annals of Hygiene, Vol. 11: A Journal of Health; January to December, 1896
Dr. William A. Hammond has asserted that there is no physiological necessity for death, claiming that if it were possible for an individual to determine just how much vital force he would require each day; and if he would consume just the amount of food necessary to produce this amount of force, that he could thereby maintain such an exact balance between breakin down and building up that everlasting life would be possible. In this idea, Dr. Hammond, while, to a certain extent, physiologically right, is, as we all know and believe, practically wrong.
However, there can be no doubt but that what we should strive for is a balance between these two vital processes.
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