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December 29, 1934

The Human Machine: Its Uses and Abuses

JAMA. 1934;103(26):2053-2054. doi:10.1001/jama.1934.02750520055038

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Comparison of the human body with the machine has of late years been regarded by health educators not only as trite but not particularly apropos. The modern concept of the machine as a standardized mechanism with interchangeable, replaceable parts does not convey a happy picture of the human body, which is in no sense standardized, has no replaceable parts, and is subject to influences of a psychic and emotional character that have no place in a machine. However, for those who like the mechanistic conception, this book utilizes it probably to its best advantage. With so many books available dealing with hygiene, it does not appear that this swift and superficial survey will contribute anything new or valuable. Greatest emphasis is placed on diet. Sanitarians and dietitians alike will deplore the author's apparent insistence on raw milk in preference to pasteurized. A misprint confuses vitamin C with vitamin D in

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