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May 18, 1929

Handbuch der sozialen Hygiene und Gesundheitsfürsorge.

JAMA. 1929;92(20):1701. doi:10.1001/jama.1929.02700460057033

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The sixth and concluding volume of this encyclopedic undertaking is generally up to the high standards of its predecessors, although the subjects dealt with do not on the whole have so wide an interest as those in the earlier volumes. Many social workers will turn first to the articles by Gottstein on hospital organization and management and by Goldman on homes for the aged and infirm. The latter author estimates that, in 1940, 13 per cent of the German population will be above 60 years old, with an even higher proportion in the large cities. Two other articles deserve especial mention: one by Pryll dealing with the general and physical considerations that bear on the choice of an occupation; the other by Poppelreuter treating of the psychologic factors involved. Both are excellent. Pryll's article is accompanied by an exhaustive bibliography.

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