May 17, 1965

Maxcy-Rosenau Preventive Medicine and Public Health

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Edited by Philip E. Sartwell. 9th ed. 1,070 pp, with illus. $18.75. Appleton-Century-Crofts, Division of Meredith Publishing Co., 440 Park Ave S, New York 10016, 1965

JAMA. 1965;192(7):651. doi:10.1001/jama.1965.03080200069044

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Rosenau's Preventive Medicine and Hygiene, born in 1913, lives again in its ninth edition, as a 36-authored volume, much revised. The preface acknowledges that the book had already reached the practical limit of size, requiring deletions of older material.

This edition is best described as a compendium of everything connected with preventive medicine or public health, with the result that subjects are included, such as genetic aspects of epidemiology, which have minimum relationship. Other subjects are inadequately treated, and the reader needs to go far beyond what is discussed in the present edition to grasp the full public health problems in many of the infectious diseases. The subjects of sanitary engineering, environmental health, rehabilitation, and organization of health services are described; each is worth a substantial volume in its own right, and abbreviations are often too synoptic. The space allocated to subjects seems purely arbitrary.

Rosenau, and Maxcy-Rosenau were durable

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