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December 8, 1951

Psychological Dynamics of Health Education

JAMA. 1951;147(15):1505. doi:10.1001/jama.1951.03670320105037

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Thirteen specialists participated in this searching study of health education motivation, each from a different approach, and a stimulating review of the subject has resulted. The conclusion of Dr. Iago Galdston, secretary of the committee by which the program was developed, that there is no treatment comparable in value to health education appears justified. Among the subjects discussed are motivation in the adolescent and adult through parent and older-age groups, mass mediums, union activities, sociologic implications, nutrition education, and venereal disease education, and the contribution of hospital services to health education. The various contributors are careful to keep within the limits of their assignments, and this makes for clear-cut presentation and understanding. The New York Academy of Medicine and its steering committee of the Annual Eastern States Health Education Conference has performed another creditable service in developing this program and presenting it in this permanent form.

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