January 1935

Hygiene for Freshmen.

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By Alfred Worcester, A.M., M.D., Sc.D. Price, $1.50. Pp. 151. Springfield, Ill.: Charles C. Thomas, Publisher, 1934.

Arch Intern Med (Chic). 1935;55(1):172. doi:10.1001/archinte.1935.00160190175021

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The business of teaching hygiene, that is to say, elementary medicine, to laymen is at best a difficult matter. How shall one make the subject at all intelligible to those who have not the underlying scientific knowledge? How shall one preserve a proper balance so as not to create perplexities, doubts and phobias? How avoid the danger inherent in "a little knowledge"? The present compendium seems to achieve its end fairly well within these limits. Two sections, however, stimulate the reviewer to make certain comments. The teaching of the hygiene of exercise is cautiously worded so as not to conflict too blatantly with the obviously unhygienic practices tolerated in certain branches of athletics. One finds no comment on whether it is good or bad for the body and mind to have young men pounded and beaten on the football field or to have them collapse over their oars at the

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