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October 15, 1938

Guinea Pigs and Bugbears

JAMA. 1938;111(16):1496. doi:10.1001/jama.1938.02790420076028

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This book is admittedly promulgated for the purpose of dispelling fears and cautions which the public may have developed as a result of the propaganda of such organizations as Consumers' Research and Consumers' Union. One of the principal contentions of the author is that these organizations are not qualified to give advice, and, so far as that applies to medical information which has appeared to date in some of the publications of those organizations, the reviewer agrees. It must be stated, however, in all fairness that these organizations have probably never wandered any farther from fact than this author does in condemning them. A reprint of a roentgenogram of a pathologic colon is reproduced from a publication by Consumers' Union and compared with an anatomic drawing which the author labels a normal healthy colon. Such colons, as depicted in the roentgenogram, do exist, while the drawing which the author labels

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