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September 16, 1939

Truth About Cosmetics

JAMA. 1939;113(12):1159. doi:10.1001/jama.1939.02800370075053

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In this volume, which is published by the drug and cosmetic industry, the author presents a history of cosmetics and perfumes, a few statements on the subject of cosmetic dermatitis and a general consideration of all sorts of cosmetic preparations. The volume is definitely written for rather than against cosmetics, so that its author is apparently willing to condone the use of metallic salts for removing pigment when the best medical advice is certainly against the uncontrolled use of such preparations. The final chapter deals with treatments for obesity and tries to be as kind as possible to drugs for obesity that are based on bladder wrack without saying at once that all such preparations are pure hokum. The author seems to believe that the use of hypertonic solutions for bathing dries out the body.

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