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August 30, 1971

Community Medicine: Teaching, Research and Health Care

Author Affiliations

Case Western Reserve University Cleveland


edited by Willoughby Lathem and Anne Newberry, 343 pp, 4 illus, $10, New York: Appleton-Century-Crofts, Inc., 1970.

JAMA. 1971;217(9):1247-1248. doi:10.1001/jama.1971.03190090069028

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This book presents a pale reflection of a burning issue. In 1968 the Rockefeller Foundation sponsored a conference in Italy which brought together 22 medical educators, health administrators, government officials, and foundation executives from nine nations and five continents. They met to consider how to study and teach the delivery of health care, especially health care for the rural populations of developing countries. This book is a transcript of the conference and suffers from the predictable faults of such a work: the tone of voice is missing, and the papers do not seem to be addressed to present readers.

In addition, the speakers, authoritative though they are, are officials and administrators and are therefore dealing with the subject at a distance. Their concerns are how to reach or investigate community medicine, and only secondarily how to improve the health of the people.

There are good ideas in the book. Medical