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June 30, 1934

I Know Just the Thing for That

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By J. F. Montague, M.D., Medical Director, New York Intestinal Sanitarium. Cloth. Price, $2. Pp. 265. New York: John Day Company, 1934.

JAMA. 1934;102(26):2225. doi:10.1001/jama.1934.02750260071038

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"For patients without doctors and doctors without patience" is the subtitle, which perhaps best expresses the respect in which this book is weak. With one or two notable exceptions, attempts to write medical books for both doctors and patients have failed, because the approach to one group is entirely different from the approach to the other. This book is a treatise on constipation and its allied and related ills. There is much excellent material in it, particularly in the first half of the book, but the subject could have been handled more expeditiously and there is a question whether any one afflicted with constipation can be benefited by reading about it to the extent of 265 pages. The book is cleverly written in spots but in general could have been greatly condensed without loss of any essential material. The discussion of vitamins, in which cod liver oil is totally omitted,

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