National Geographic : 1940 Nov
C urbstone Medical Advice "That's the same kind of stomach trouble my husband had-why don't you do what his doctor advised?" "Anne's headaches were just like that, too-I'll tell you what Grace should do for hers ... " "It cleared up Johnny's throatin no time-I'm sure it will help Jimmy ... " How easy it is to get friendly, well-meant health advice! It is generously and sincerely offered over the luncheon table, the tea tray, the telephone, or on the street corner. But how dangerous it can be! For one person's stomach upset may result from over-eating ... but another's from gastric ulcer. A headache may be due to eyestrain... or to sinus infection... or even to brain tumor. And while one youngster's sore throat may be ordinary tonsillitis .. the next can be a deep-seated abscess... or the start of diphtheria. - And the danger of diagnosis by uninformed, un qualified advisors doesn't stop there. Frequently people with the same complaint should be treated differently. Literally, one man's medicine may be another man's poison. One of the world's leading medical authorities says that each case of sickness should be considered as unlike any other. Then . . . what really is the right thing, the safest thing for you to do when trouble comes? Get your advice from a physician! His years of training and experience fit him better than anyone else to determine just what is wrong and what is the right treatment for you. It is unjust to put your druggist on the spot-don't ask him to act as your family physician. Get a doctor's advice early-for most of the common ailments known to man respond to treatment more promptly and more successfully when caught at the outset. Remember-good intentions alone have caused too many tragedies. With good professional advice available, why take any chances with the kindliest of amateur "medical" advice? COPYRIGHT 1940-METROPOLITAN LIFE INSURANCE CO. Metropolitan Life Insurance Company (A MUTUAL COMPANY) ) Frederick H. Ecker, CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD Leroy A. Lincoln, PRESIDENT 1 MADISON AVENUE, NEW YORK, N. Y.