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January 1958

Science Looks at Smoking: A New Inquiry into the Effects of Smoking on Your Health.

AMA Arch Intern Med. 1958;101(1):157-158. doi:10.1001/archinte.1958.00260130171019

Several years ago I introduced what has now become our established pattern of signing book reviews with a blast at Ochsner's weird exhibit of contemporary witchcraft as it applies to tobacco smoking. Northrup's book, written in a breezy, informal style, is destined to give great solace to smokers and those who gain a livelihood in the tobacco industry. It provides a counterpoise to Ochsner's book by being immoderate in its moderation. It does present both sides of the picture, however, and emphasizes again and again the probability that many more sides of this problem exist somewhat out of reach and beyond present knowing.

The future may look back on our times as remarkable for great naïvete about science and research. Science has come to be deified by the man in the street as sign and symbol of this age. Like many past deifications the exploiters and devotees who have brought

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