November 24, 1934

Papers of Charles V. Chapin, M.D.: A Review of Public Health Realities

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Selected by Frederic P. Gorham, A.M., Sc.D. Edited by Clarence L. Scamman, M.D. With a foreword by Haven Emerson, M.D. Cloth. Price, $1.50. Pp. 244. New York: Commonwealth Fund; London: Oxford University Press, 1934.

JAMA. 1934;103(21):1649. doi:10.1001/jama.1934.02750470071031

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The collected papers of Dr. Charles V. Chapin will be recommended to every one who is interested in public health. Dr. Chapin, for many years health officer of Providence, R. I., has contributed some of the most important thoughts to modern public health. It was he who made the first comprehensive survey of public health activities of state government under the direction of the Council on Health and Public Instruction of the American Medical Association in 1915. On this preliminary work has been built much of the modern movement for appraisal of public health work. It was Dr. Chapin who early pointed out wasteful public health activities as opposed to effective lines of public health work. It was Dr. Chapin who pointed the finger of scorn at the "fetish of disinfection" and distinguished between justifiable measures and unjustifiable measures for the spread of infectious diseases. It was under his direction

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