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October 19, 1912

Dusty Air and Ill Health.

JAMA. 1912;LIX(16):1478. doi:10.1001/jama.1912.04270100246025

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We have before us a work sui generis; it is not addressed to physicians, but maintains toward its readers an attitude in which it is almost assumed that the hearer is in a position to give a critical judgment of the matters under discussion. The style is not dogmatic nor is the arrangement systematic. The author passes gracefully from the relation of the symptoms in a case to a speculation as to what sort of physician the patient's son, who has previously treated him, may be. The author makes a distinction between disease and ill health which may not stand a critical examination, but which serves to emphasize a matter worthy of careful consideration, namely, that the physician of the present day by his precision in diagnosis is trained to neglect the minor ills of his clientele which do not fit into his scheme of classification and are therefore not

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