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January 17, 1931

Hygiene: A College Textbook for Non-Medical Students.

JAMA. 1931;96(3):215. doi:10.1001/jama.1931.02720290059034

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This book is intended for nonmedical college students. In the preface, the author admits criticism because of too many technical and medical terms. This criticism seems to be justified since there is hardly a page on which there is not some technical expression in boldface type. It is certain that the three hundred items in the chapter on hereditary diseases of man will not be understood by the great majority of college students. To give such a group adequate explanations would consume more time than is generally allowed for a course in hygiene. The first ten chapters are concerned with such topics as the physical and chemical basis of life, hereditary abnormalities, mental hygiene and eugenics. The discussion of inheritance is long and altogether too complicated. The remainder of the book contains a discussion of the subjects usually considered under the general head of hygiene. An attempt has apparently been

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