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November 6, 1981

Preventive and Community Medicine

Author Affiliations

University of Illinois Medical Center Chicago


edited by Duncan W. Clark and Brian MacMahon, ed 2; 794 pp, with illus, $24.95, Boston, Little Brown & Co, 1981.

JAMA. 1981;246(18):2077. doi:10.1001/jama.1981.03320180067039

It is uncertain whether the plethora of new books and new editions on preventive medicine results from recent statements of public policy, interest from health professionals, or competitive marketing by publishers. It is sufficient to note that a new edition of this book has appeared in 1981.

Fourteen years is a long time gap for a major textbook in a rapidly evolving field like preventive medicine. The early classic (1967) has now been updated by the original editors without an increase in pages. Eighteen of the original 39 contributors have returned to join 22 new contributors for a modern, topically selective overview of the field.

The book follows the earlier design with a section on "Methods in Preventive and Community Medicine," a large section on "Disease Etiology and Prevention," a shorter section on "Prevention in Practice," and a critically important section on "Health Services and Health Legislation," which have changed