Medicine: Coffin Nails

Cigarets used to be thought sissy. Zion City, Ill., where their use is frowned upon, still clings to the older belief that every cigaret a man smokes is a nail in his coffin. Last week Johns Hopkins Biologist Raymond Pearl gave encouragement to every loyal Zion Citizen when he declared: "Smoking is associated with a definite impairment of longevity. This impairment is proportional to the habitual amount of tobacco usage by smoking, being great for heavy smokers and less for moderate smokers.

Professor Pearl chose the New York Academy of Medicine, where he was invited...

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