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The education of the public in health matters has one primary motivation—the need for preventing self medication and the substitution therefor of accurate diagnosis and scientific therapy. There are, however, certain facts about diseases of which all persons should be aware to enable them to seek the proper medical care at the right time. People are too prone to ignore everyday afflictions—common ailments such as colds, headache and backache. Yet all of these conditions may be warnings of impending danger, of the presence of some serious disorder which, when diagnosed early, is amenable to treatment. In this book a number of these common disorders are discussed in a clear, simple and scientific manner. Each ailment is considered by a recognized specialist in his field; hence the information is authentic. The physician can recommend this book to his patients without hesitation as a source of the type of information on disease
Common Ailments of Man. JAMA. 1945;129(14):987. doi:10.1001/jama.1945.02860480067026
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