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December 3, 1932

How to Live: Rules for Healthful Living Based on Modern Science.

JAMA. 1932;99(23):1975-1976. doi:10.1001/jama.1932.02740750077040

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When a book can sell nearly half a million copies and be issued nineteen times, it is good evidence that the subject with which it deals is a live one. "How to Live" seems to answer questions that have been sufficiently urgent in the minds of more than four hundred thousand buyers to constitute good evidence that at least a part of the public is interested in its health. Taken as a whole, this is an excellent manual about how to live. It has some minor inaccuracies, such as the inclusion of flies along with mosquitoes as the causes of malaria. The emphasis on mouth cleansing and effect of mastication on the health of the teeth is now regarded by many physicians and dentists as of less importance than formerly. The advisability of using a daily gargle, as recommended, may well be questioned. There is heavy emphasis in seven pages

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