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June 10, 1933

Men Against Death.

JAMA. 1933;100(23):1889. doi:10.1001/jama.1933.02740230067048

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In this volume are collected most of the essays contributed by DeKruif to the Country Gentleman, the Ladies Home Journal and the Forum. The difficulty with these writings as with some previous essays is their excess in dramatization and an absolute plethora of superlatives. Those like the DeKruif of former years who work in laboratories of research and those who, unlike DeKruif, have taken care of the sick at the bedside know that superlatives are rare and in general the atmosphere is quiet. Nevertheless, for the vast majority of lay readers writing that fairly burns and explodes has a great appeal. It is not surprising that the contributions of DeKruif should have done more to spread interest in the drama of medical science in its progress against disease than those of any other writer.

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