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August 7, 1967

Adult Health: Services for the Chronically Ill and Aged

Author Affiliations

New York


by Frank W. Reynolds and Paul C. Barsam, 242 pp, with illus, $7.95, New York: The Macmillan Co. (London: Collier-Macmillan Ltd.), 1967.

JAMA. 1967;201(6):495. doi:10.1001/jama.1967.03130060169040

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This worthwhile contribution to problems of pressing contemporary interest is handicapped by a vague title that hardly seems likely to provoke wide reader interest. The major emphasis seems to be on public health attitudes and methods rather than on the role of the practicing physician, who is belatedly beginning to appreciate the community rather than the individual approach to these areas. How the problems of chronic illness can be approached on a community basis is the theme of this book. The authors believe it is possible to develop constructive programs for chronic disease control.

The text is divided into four parts, of which the first considers the prevention and early detection of chronic illness, professional and patient education, home and institutional care, rehabilitation services, and the care of the ambulatory chronically ill patient. Part two includes supporting services for an adult health program; part three discusses control programs for various