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April 26, 1941

The Attractive Child: The Care and Development of Your Child's Beauty

JAMA. 1941;116(17):1992. doi:10.1001/jama.1941.02820170110030

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This is a book about health disguised as a book about beauty. The book is in three parts, of which the first, entitled "Handsome Is as Mother Does," contains chapters on good looks from various points of view. In this section the emphasis on beauty is somewhat overdone, especially in the opening paragraphs when the old proverb "Handsome is as handsome does" is designated a "hoary old chestnut." Nevertheless there are plenty of useful hints and a great deal of valuable information in these chapters, even though the meticulous reviewer might find some grounds for criticizing certain statements.

Section two, entitled "The Doctor Says!" deals with eyes, ears, teeth, skin, foot health, allergy, immunizations, endocrine glands and chemotherapy. This is a concisely written and sufficiently comprehensive treatment of these topics for the information of the parents who will most probably use this book.

Section three, entitled "New Departures," contains chapters

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