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September 11, 1909

The Body at Work.

JAMA. 1909;LIII(11):890. doi:10.1001/jama.1909.02550110064024

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This book is not intended for the medical or scientific student but for the amateur. It is therefore written in untechnical language and, although it does not avoid the debatable fields of the subject, it makes no attempt to present the full evidence in any case, and gives only so much of the line of argument as is necessary to an understanding of the conclusion. Mr. Hill forestalls criticism on this score by saying: "If my treatment of vexed questions is unjustifiably dogmatic, this will, I trust, be attributed to the desire to present a definite picture, and not to forgetfulness of considerations which seem to call for qualified statements." He has succeeded in presenting a definite and an interesting picture of the phenomena of life; and, while possessed of considerable mastery over apt phrases and homely, enlightening comparisons, he does not seem to be carried away by his own

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