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This is a useful publication for the health officer who is serious about measuring the work of his health department or of the total health effort in his community against standardized practices in the field. The American Public Health Association has based most of its appraisal work comparisons with what is actually being done in various phases of public health work. Thus it becomes possible to compare the work in a given city not with a theoretical ideal but with the best work, or the worst, or the mediocre actually being accomplished. In the course of some twenty years since the first efforts at objective appraisal were made, a large volume of information has been built. Against this the health officer in any community can measure the health work done in that jurisdiction. So also can any interested group of citizens, professional or lay.
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Health Practice Indices 1943: A Collection of Charts Showing the Range of Accomplishments in Various Fields of Community Health Service. JAMA. 1945;128(1):62. doi:10.1001/jama.1945.02860180064032