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December 14, 1940

Textbook of Public Health

JAMA. 1940;115(24):2109. doi:10.1001/jama.1940.02810500077040

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The present edition of this standard work is thorough in all aspects of the subject and as complete a textbook on public health as the graduate student could desire. The obvious comparisons between the English and American methods are interesting, especially the section on milk production and inspection. Apparantly pasteurization is not nearly as widespread a procedure in the British Isles as it is in the United States. The chapters on industrial hygiene, water, sewage disposal and housing are progressive and represent the modern trend of thought. Health officers in the United States have much to learn from the planned housing programs of Britain, and the various pages devoted to proper dwellings are of value and importance. Of additional interest is the chapter pertaining to marine hygiene, a subject that is frequently neglected in the average book on public health. The chapter on meteorology perhaps overemphasizes the effects of climate.

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