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August 19, 1939

Soviet Samples: Diary of an American Physiologist

JAMA. 1939;113(8):710. doi:10.1001/jama.1939.02800330076037

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This book is printed by the lithoprint technic, which copies the typewritten page. It represents the diary of the author and a number of his theories of publication, including simplified spelling and abbreviations. These do not add to the ease of perusal. For those who will take the necessary time to read this work, and it is hard to take in large doses, there is a great deal of information about conditions in Russia. There is also a vast amount of irrelevant and unnecessary information, which serves little useful purpose. Occasionally the simplified spelling gives an Artemus Ward impression. For example the sentence

I enquired if in putting up tomatoes their vitamins ar conservd & was told that they ar

and also the paragraph

Thruout the inspection the doctor wd. say "Now this is a brite & airy room" & make similar comments, & when we returnd to her offis,

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