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February 21, 1966

The Theory and Practice of Public Health

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edited by W. Hobson, ed 2; 401 pp, $16, London and New York: Oxford University Press, Inc., 1965.

JAMA. 1966;195(8):705-706. doi:10.1001/jama.1966.03100080145068

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It is difficult to evaluate for the American reader a textbook designed for British consumption, particularly if the life-backgrounds on which the work is founded are at variance within the two countries. Living conditions in the British Isles reflect a public health practice somewhat different from that in the United States. Working under differing laws and conventions, if one reads correctly between the lines, the national medical practice acts of Great Britain are coming to have a reflexive effect on public health teachings and programs.

Then, too, there is a difference in the educational progression of the medical student, suggested by the somewhat elementary treatment given in this book to many topics. Since the student of public health for whom this work is apparently designed is not too far along in his education, this readable, well-printed, and reasonably up-to-date volume is limited in depth, even while the scope of the

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