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An excellent job of lay reader orientation is provided in this new edition by Diehl, who demonstrated in earlier editions that he has unusual ability to make healthful living more than a matter of dogmatic advice. The lucidity of his discussions indicates strongly that the volume is appropriate for groups even below the college level to which it is directed.
Temperate, logical explanations are provided in the wide variety of subjects that receive attention. In addition to discussions of specific health aids, including nutrition and care of various important organs, such as the eyes, ears, teeth, skin and digestive system, there are instructive considerations of disease control measures, sanitation, school health, voluntary health services, mental health problems and control of animal-borne and insect-borne diseases. Chapters on sex life and modern parenthood are especially valuable.
Liberal amounts of tables, charts and drawings are additional factors increasing the teaching value of this
Textbook of Healthful Living. JAMA. 1950;144(6):505. doi:10.1001/jama.1950.02920060067029