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October 1961

You Can Prevent Illness

Arch Intern Med. 1961;108(4):647. doi:10.1001/archinte.1961.03620100139022

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It is a truism that prevention is preferable to cure. On this theme the author proceeds to establish the importance of preventing illness in self or the family. There are eye-catching chapter headings such as "A Shot in Time," "Stress, Sweat, and Tears: Preventing Illness at Work," or "Eat, Drink and Be Wary... and Tomorrow You'll Live Better." The style is of a pleasing type interspersed rather frequently by simple but telling examples to drive home a point.

In bringing technical information down to practical terms much of present fact may sound like fiction, and in some instances this is approximated. A few examples follow: on page 37,1. 5, reference is made to a "thimbleful" (about 5 ml. or more) when referring to an injection of influenza or smallpox vaccine; p. 37, 1. 11, "a few days after a shot you are fully protected against some specific disease just as

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