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March 31, 1951

Navajos, Gods and Tom-Toms

JAMA. 1951;145(13):1020. doi:10.1001/jama.1951.02920310076036

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The Navajo Indians long have interested historians of this country and have provided continued topics of conversation for tourists and for the younger members of the population who are curious about the lives and activities of Indians. This book offers an interesting account of the lives of the Navajos. The 18 chapters are packed with facts that should tickle the literary palate of almost any physician, especially if he wishes to know of the rites and celebrations of the Navajos and the healing ceremonies of the medicine men. The use of ample illustrations aids the author in picturing his subject. While some of the material is concerned with the flora and fauna of the region and its history, it is so well woven into discussion of the aborigines and the Navajos themselves, including their philosophy, dances and rituals, that it provides not only an analytical appraisal of this section of

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