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May 27, 1944

Health and Hygiene: A Comprehensive Study of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion

JAMA. 1944;125(4):318. doi:10.1001/jama.1944.02850220080033

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Dr. Ackerman has departed from tradition and has written a book for the intelligent layman. The text is prepared for a mature reader in normal health who wishes to maintain his health during the productive period of his life. The text is also intended for the college student who is being prepared for an effective life. Thus emphasis has been placed on the subjects with which the normal individual is concerned and over which he has some degree of control. It is noteworthy that about 20 per cent of the book is devoted to mental hygiene: the nature of nervous activity, kinds of attitudes, conflicts and modes of adjustment, and the prevention of mental disorders and the promotion of health. Here, as elsewhere, stress is laid on the importance of objective attitudes.

It is this objective attitude which the author himself has maintained throughout the text. He has avoided pedagogy,

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