Book Reviews
June 1941

Health and Longevity.

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By Charles M. Baird. Price, $1.75. Pp. 157, with 14 tables. Boston: The Christopher Publishing House, 1941.

Am J Dis Child. 1941;61(6):1350. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1941.02000120222015

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This book, apparently written for the laity, is given an appearance of authenticity by a foreword embodying a statement by C. V. Akin, Assistant Surgeon General of the United States Public Health Service, and a concluding paragraph quoted from an issue of The Journal of the American Medical Association. When so much good work is being done in the field of health education of the public, it is unfortunate that books such as this are published.

Charles M. Baird is not known to the reviewer, but he is evidently not a physician, and the book gives no evidence that he has had scientific training.

In the early pages he suggests that periodic examinations by or consultations with one's own physician are of value. There are many statements in the book with which his own physician would not agree. To quote but a few: "Impaired eye sight is almost always caused

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