Medicine: Vital Statistician

Into the vast dining hall of a Manhattan hotel this week thronged 800 conspicuously well-groomed men—all district managers of Prudential Insurance Co. of America. Ostensibly this was to be their. annual, banquet. In balconies, hanging over the railings to watch the eating & drinking better, were the womenfolk. At the speakers' table big, bluff President Edward Dickinson Duffield took his place, and close to him his good old friend, Dr. Frederick Ludwig Hoffman, Prudential's longtime consultant on vital statistics. Dr. Hoffman, a frail and fretful oldster, fidgeted as he ate and drank. For...

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