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March 11, 1933

100,000,000 Guinea Pigs: Dangers in Everyday Foods, Drugs, and Cosmetics.

JAMA. 1933;100(10):768. doi:10.1001/jama.1933.02740100062036

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This volume has already been highly exploited in advertising and through sensational statements in the press. The book is a compilation of material developed largely through Consumers' Research, Inc. The various chapters concern foods, with especial reference to the dangers from arsenic in the spraying of fruits; cosmetics and tooth pastes; antiseptics; ergot and ether; the advertisements in various periodicals, and a demand for more rigid enforcement of the Food and Drugs Act.

The volume does not seem to have been prepared primarily with the idea of a critical analysis of facts but rather with the idea of telling the story so sensationally that the book would inevitably sell.

There are in the book, exclusive of the index, about 300 pages, and on about 100 of them appears material taken from The Journal, so that if that material were omitted the book would be somewhat of an emaciated corpse. Nevertheless,

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