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This book presents a series of twelve lectures given by the author as a brief required course in hygiene for Harvard freshmen. The purpose, as stated in the preface, is "to save the student from the possible distraction of note-taking." The subjects of individual lectures range from biology and embryology to glands, mental hygiene, reproduction and immunity. Clearly the author is attempting to provide his students with a background of embryology, anatomy, physiology and immunity. Although highly desirable, this is a more ambitious program than most teachers who are trying to interest college freshmen in the subject of health would wish to undertake in a series of twelve lectures. It is disappointing to find in a book such careless and inaccurate statements as:
The comfort of normal-salt solutions applied to fresh wounds or to the eyes.
The white blood corpuscles have nuclei, some of them several. They are formed in
Hygiene for Freshmen. JAMA. 1935;104(1):71. doi:10.1001/jama.1935.02760010073031
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