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February 29, 1908


JAMA. 1908;L(9):713. doi:10.1001/jama.1908.02530350059025

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Carvajal gives us the history of tobacco and its use by man in general and by the individual in particular, and the evils resulting therefrom. This book was published at government expense as a "work of public utility" for the prophylaxis of tobacco poisoning. The irritating action of tobacco on the mucosa of the air passages and digestive tract, on the blood and vessels and nervous system, etc., is reviewed in detail, with citations and examples, some from his own personal experience, as he confesses that he himself is a tobacco user. In prophylaxis he advises strict enforcement of regulations prohibiting smoking in schools, public offices and other public places over which the police have control, as the habit of smoking is almost invariably acquired by imitation. He appeals to the authorities to repress the use of tobacco among boys, and to physicians to dispel the popular idea that the

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