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On the Frontiers of Medicine, 1910

 May 5, 1924, Harry Ellington Brook Dies


Dec. 30, 1923: Birth Control

Feb. 17, 1924, Tuberculosis

May 1, 1910: Although Harry Ellington Brook was a popular and respected institution at The Times from 1886 to 1912 and 1917 to 1924, I had never encountered  him before, and his proclamations on health can only be described as staggering. Consider “tuberculosis is not contagious” from Feb. 17, 1924, or the possibility that no babies will be born in the U.S. in 2000, from Dec. 30, 1923.

His obituary, on the jump, doesn’t indicate that “Dr. Brook” had any medical training whatsoever. In fact, he seems to have been nothing more than a typical itinerant journeyman newspaperman of the 19th and early 20th centuries with a strong interest in health. He received an honorary degree from the American School of Naturopathy in 1921. Brook was the author of “The City and County of Los Angeles in Southern California,” published by the Chamber of Commerce in 1907.

On the jump, what really causes malaria ... and throw out your wool underwear!

May 5, 1924, Herry Ellington Brook

Mah 5, 1924, Harry Ellington Brook

May 1, 1910, Care of the Body

May 1, 1910, Care of Body

May 1, 1910, Care of Body

May 1, 1910, Care of Body
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Feh--if he knew that much about preserving health, he'd still be alive.


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