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July 13, 1940

Good Health and Bad Medicine: A Family Medical Guide

JAMA. 1940;115(2):154. doi:10.1001/jama.1940.02810280066027

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This book, designed as a family medical guide, contains much interesting information. It is composed for the most part of what should be, by this time, well known suggestions for the maintenance of health. In some respects it goes further than the ordinary health guide, especially as it attempts to inform the reader of objectionable items which he might otherwise purchase for self medication for treatment of his own condition. Other items are recommended with carefully guarded statements as to the limitations of their use. In some cases the references for this evaluation of products include the various Councils, Bureaus and laboratories of the American Medical Association, but, needless to say, for the most part they are based on the reports of Consumers Union itself.

The book opens with a section on first aid and a description of a family medicine cabinet. This is followed by clearcut discussions of the

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