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January 16, 1960

The Modern Family Health Guide

JAMA. 1960;172(3):299-300. doi:10.1001/jama.1960.03020030093033

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As the editor states, this two-section volume has been carefully tailored to meet the needs of the average reader. The first section deals with modern concepts of health and disease. The second, identified as alphabetical or encyclopedic, contains thousands of brief discussions of a great variety of topics such as medical terms, many minor and major illnesses, commonly-used remedies, and nursing practices. The discussions in the first part were contributed by 26 recognized authorities. The editor himself is responsible for a chapter on body function and another on respiratory diseases. Pneumonia, however, is treated separately in the alphabetical section.

Part 2 contains material on infancy, childhood, and adolescence. Diseases of the heart, digestive system, and nervous system occupy other special sections, and there are discussions of first aid, the problem of geriatrics, medical statistics, and various major diseases.

An extensive index adds to the usefulness of this practical volume. Although

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