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November 1959

Mirage of Health.

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By Rene Dubos. Volume 22 of World Perspective Series. Edited by Ruth Nanda Anshen. Price, $4. Pp. 236. Harper & Brothers, 49 E. 33d St., New York 16, 1959.

AMA Arch Neurol. 1959;1(5):575-577. doi:10.1001/archneur.1959.03840050109014

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The publishers and chief editor, Dr. Ruth Nanda Anshen, with a distinguished board of editors, have added to their series of monographs, known as the "World Perspectives Series," one of the most important essays in our time—Rene Dubos' "Mirage of Health." This, coming after Edmund W. Sinnott's able contribution, "Matter, Mind and Man," makes this series of little books one of the memorable efforts of this century. All authors of the series are outstanding senior scholars who take the opportunity offered to construct general theory and formulation. The essays are well written and state simply those inferences, reflections, and prospects that came after a life of close application by thoughtful persons in any discipline.

Rene Dubos' monograph is outstandingly good. It is written freshly, lightly, elegantly, and with humor; it should have a major impact on contemporary thought. The concepts, figures, and utterances are truly those of a biologist, one

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