January 3, 1920

The Health Officer.

JAMA. 1920;74(1):52. doi:10.1001/jama.1920.02620010058032

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While it is seldom that a book is issued about which it can be said that it supplies a real need, the statement can be made of this book. So far as the United States is concerned the position of health officer is a new one. However, it is a position that already offers more opportunities than there are men to meet these opportunities. While he has the fundamental knowledge, the average physician is not qualified as a health officer unless he has especially prepared himself, for public health work is a specialty requiring as much special knowledge as any specialty in medicine. The book before us supplies this special knowledge. As the preface says, "It tells the health officer what to do, how to do it, and why he should do it. It describes the various activities in which a health officer engages; his relation to boards of health,

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