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August 21, 1948

Junior Speaks Up

JAMA. 1948;137(17):1564. doi:10.1001/jama.1948.02890510064028

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Abstract

This book is authentic and useful as far as the information contained in it is concerned, provided that the reader is willing to put up with the annoyance of being talked down to and the excessive wordiness involved in the device adopted of trying to make a motion picture scenario out of advice about care of the infant. The result is neither an amusing style, as is apparently intended if one may judge from the comment on the jacket, nor a practical handbook of advice to young parents.

The characters are Mr. and Mrs. Worrimore (the parents), Dr. Bodybuilder, Junior (the real object of the book) and, for some reason that this reviewer is unable to fathom, an additional character in the "person" of Junior's shadow, who acts as a sort of interlocutor to Junior's Mr. Bones. The result is a lengthy, stilted, forced and definitely not funny production which

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