May 1957

Health and Demography.

Author Affiliations

U. S. Department of Health, Education, and Welfare. Prepared by Halbert L. Dunn, M.D. Price, not given. Pp. 94, with illustrations. U. S. Government Printing Office, Washington, D. C., 1956.

AMA Arch Intern Med. 1957;99(5):842. doi:10.1001/archinte.1957.00260050170024

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For anyone who wants to get a quick birds'-eye view of the trends of disease of the regions of increased population and of the shifts in age of the densities and directions of migration into and out of various states, this book presents material in immediately accessible form. It highlights the real revolutions which have occurred in life expectancy within the memory of living man in public health and in the attitudes of persons toward disease, health, doctors, medicine, and science. Dr. Dunn, who gathered this material together, has made many contributions, not only in the field of medical and public health statistics, but as a provocative thinker, writer, and essayist whose ideas range wide and who has been a sharp but far-seeing critic of our society and our civilization. While this book contains the background for a fairly pessimistic view of man's ability to handle his own affairs, at

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