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December 5, 1931

The Doctor Explains.

JAMA. 1931;97(23):1735. doi:10.1001/jama.1931.02730230077045

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As a contribution to the growing literature for the public on subjects of health, Dr. Ralph Major contributes thirteen excellent essays on topics of major interest. These include:

  1. The Physical Examination.

  2. Seeing the Invisible.

  3. The Rôle of the Blood.

  4. Heart Disturbances.

  5. The Mysteries of Blood Pressure.

  6. The Dangers of Sugar.

  7. Body Fuel and Its Consumption.

  8. Vitamins and Deficiency Diseases.

  9. The Malady of Venus.

  10. Hypersensitive People.

  11. X-Rays and Other Rays.

  12. The Story of Antisepsis.

  13. The Conquest of Pain.

Dr. Major writes directly and simply but without extraordinary literary skill. He uses the historical background for developing interest, but from the point of view of the reader who is looking for practical information there is somewhat too much of history in proportion to the amount of usable fact. Thus the chapter on "Body Fuel and Its Consumption" includes about three pages of fact and about fifteen pages of history. For those who

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