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June 12, 1926

Your Hair and Your Health.

JAMA. 1926;86(24):1858. doi:10.1001/jama.1926.02670500046032

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This is a popular book on the hair and things that pertain thereto. It is written in sprightly style and holds well the reader's attention. As a matter of fact, the style is perhaps too sprightly. It leads the writer into a way of making positive statements that are at best opinions—certainly not facts. The thesis of the book is that "healthy hair needs a healthy constitution" (p. 13). That is a hard thesis to maintain in the face of the battalions of bald-headed men who are certainly as healthy as the rest of us and, we are inclined to believe, a little tougher. "Hairs do grow thicker and stiffer from shaving, however, and so does the hair of women who have undergone bobbing. When so-called [why so-called?] superfluous hair is temporarily removed by shaving, pulling or mechanical depilatories, the succeeding hairs are also thicker and stiffer" (p. 14). That

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