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April 2, 1955

Healthier Living: A Text in Personal and Community Health

JAMA. 1955;157(14):1263. doi:10.1001/jama.1955.02950310089030

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This textbook is the author's attempt to meet the objectives for a basic college course in personal and community health stated by the Third National Conference on Health in Colleges in May, 1947. Its chapters are grouped according to subject matter. Each is followed by a bibliography and several discussion questions to stimulate review and understanding. Most of the material expected in a college health textbook is here, but the emphasis is definitely on education for family living, including much material on growth and development, reproduction, sex adjustment, love, and marriage. Mental health is also emphasized, even to suggestions on the development of a satisfying personal philosophy. The standard items on personal health are interestingly covered, and community health is considered to be the sum of and extension of the personal health of individuals. There is an excellent discussion of the personal and family relations with physicians, both in general

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