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October 30, 1937

Health Questions Answered

JAMA. 1937;109(18):1479. doi:10.1001/jama.1937.02780440069043

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To one engaged in public health education the questions asked by the public on matters pertaining to health are a constant source of interest and amazement. This book contains several hundred such questions. Even if no attempt were made to answer the questions, the book would make interesting reading because it would tell one how the public thinks. The medical profession is very prone to become highbrow, but the public as revealed by these questions is interested in matters much closer home. The second point of interest is the ingenious manner in which these questions on every subject under the sun have been answered. Answering health questions is not an easy project. One is under the difficult assignment of satisfying the person asking the question, himself, and the ideals of scientific medicine. This is not easy when the layman has a poor understanding of the subject and the doctor an

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