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February 18, 1939

The Home Book of Medicine

JAMA. 1939;112(7):666. doi:10.1001/jama.1939.02800070082029

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This book is an attempt at one of the most difficult feats in medical writing for the public, the production of a home book containing sound advice on what to do before the doctor comes, or what to do when there is no possibility that a doctor can be procured. In situations in which a doctor is readily available, such a book should limit itself to general questions of hygiene and healthy living, and perhaps emergency first aid. In that case it would be useless in remote places where medical aid is needed and there is no doctor within miles, or no way to communicate with a doctor in time. The old-time doctor book had detailed instructions for treating the sick without medical advice; the modern book of this type should eschew such suggestions. The volume under review gives the impression of a medical text somewhat written down to the

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