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February 27, 1932

Fundamentals of Health: The Human Organism, Its Development and Conservation.

JAMA. 1932;98(9):761. doi:10.1001/jama.1932.02730350075043

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It is quite difficult to arouse interest in the subject of hygiene and health in college people. Textbooks that have previously been used for instruction in these fields have been so devoid of interest that the result of their study has only been the production of apathy and boredom, if not outright hostility. These authors have attempted to include material that would be more interesting to the student, and their book has been planned mostly from this standpoint. They noted that material dealing with heredity, man's biologic background and embryonic development have aroused the greatest interest of the student, and for this reason the first portion of the book is devoted to these subjects. Then follow chapters on foods, nutrition, muscles, respiration, nervous system, sex reproduction, the internal secretions, and public health. The material is clearly presented and is well illustrated. A sensible attitude has been taken toward matters under

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