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March 1, 1924


JAMA. 1924;82(9):718-719. doi:10.1001/jama.1924.02650350050020

Has not the time arrived for calling a halt to the growing procession of slogans that pretend to bring new panaceas for health and nutritive well-being to mankind? A few years ago our peace of mind was frequently perturbed by the admonition to beware of this or that menace to health. We were told to banish the bacteria and to remember the dangers of dirt. The virtues of ventilation were sometimes presented in arguments that have long lost their cogency. To impressionable persons the world began to appear permeated with ever-present menaces that made life a continuous hygienic struggle. Of course, the purveyor of alleged safeguards to health found abundant opportunity to proclaim his wares in such an environment. The germ killers vied with one another for income-bringing popularity; and the contest is still going on. More recently, the ever busy commercial promoter of national health has begun to follow

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