Vou only get one body; don’t ignore symptoms
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Most men will show more concern about dripping motor oil than concern over lingering aches and SaLns.
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For health expenditures, the U.6. UanNs sHFRnd Ln thH wRUld, yet our maternal mortality rate (number of mothers dying per 100,000 lLYH bLUths) Ls Rnly 136th RXt RI 183 FRXntULHs Ln thH wRUld. ,n LnIant PRUtalLty, thH U.6. Ls 174th among nations, and at life HxSHFtanFy at bLUth wH’UH 50th. The number of youths aged 15 tR 24 whR aUH XnHPSlRyHd finds Xs 66th FRPSaUHd tR RthHU PaMRU FRXntULHs.
Health & Science Dr. Milton Friedman