November 1942

The Complete Weight Reducer.

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By C. J. Gerling. Price, $3. Pp. 246. New York: Harvest House,

Arch Intern Med (Chic). 1942;70(5):918. doi:10.1001/archinte.1942.00200230231015

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This handbook on weight reduction, written for the layman, has been arranged in the form of a dictionary with brief paragraphs devoted to various aspects of the subject. The items discussed are arranged in alphabetic order. For example, on one page the following headings are found: "Cream (dairy)," "Creams for Reducing," "Cure of Obesity," "Cushing's Syndrome" and "Cycling"; on another, "Perspiration in Reducing," "Perspirator," "Petersime Electro-Thermo Bath," "Phenolphthalein" and "Phosphorus." From the brief and often inadequate discussions devoted to each subject a few isolated facts may be learned, but there is no continuity of thought. Subjects discussed include food values, sample diets and menus, exercise for reducing, metabolism, endocrine glands, quackery and fraud.

The author suggests in the introduction that the arrangement of the book permits the reader to "go immediately to any feature or aspect of the whole problem of reducing as it exists today and there find adequate

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