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Go Down, Death! A Story of Facts and Figures

JAMA. 1940;114(14):1404. doi:10.1001/jama.1940.02810140104038.
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This mimeographed spiral-bound document is an interesting effort to do for the health officer's annual report of Mecosta-Osceola counties, Mich., what Robert Benchley did for the "Treasurer's Report, and Other Forms of Community Singing." Dr. Igloe, with a sure sense of what will make people read things they ought to read but usually will not, starts out with a list of persons important to public health work in his territory, the state of Michigan, and the nation. Then he proceeds to beguile his readers with titles which tell little but promise much. "Robert Manton Makes a Discovery" is the heading of chapter I, dealing with the discovery by a citizen that a health department exists in the community and that it can do something about typhoid. "They Were Once Considered Stupid" introduces the subject of health examinations of school children, and the necessary corrections, appropriately assigned to the family doctor.

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