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May 14, 1960

Recent Advances in Public Health

JAMA. 1960;173(2):216. doi:10.1001/jama.1960.03020200088027

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This title is not misleading provided the author had his tongue in his cheek. The book, written in textbook style, presents the story of the National Health Service. The ideal public health team is described vividly. Any active practitioner of medicine can well understand and often sympathize with the health team idea. Give the author credit. He does state the objections to certain phases of the British plan in this textbook of socialized medicine. For the doctor needing assistance in organizaing the health facilities of his community this book offers many useful ideas. In general the author describes public health as a concept including the study of the total environment of man and any modifications necessary to meet the needs of man. There are many provocative statements and quotations from learned observers over the years.

Nearly 100 years' experience has confirmed the opinion expressed by Lord Derby in 1866 that

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