October 1970

Human Ecology and Public Health.

Author Affiliations

New York


Edited by Edwin D Kilbourne MD, Wilson G Smillie MD, DPH, ScD. Price, $11.95. Pp 462, with many illustrations. Macmillan Co, 866 Third Ave, New York 10022, 1969.

Arch Intern Med. 1970;126(4):704-705. doi:10.1001/archinte.1970.00310100150030

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Human Ecology and Public Health is the fourth edition of the previous text entitled Preventive Medicine and Public Health. It represents, as have the previous editions, an excellent and comprehensive text for the medical student who is studying public health and preventive medicine, and it is also of use to the physician involved in this area. The authors have changed the title to Human Ecology and Public Health in an attempt to hop on the bandwagon of the 1970s, ecology. In a way, this promotional effort was probably unnecessary for, in the context that the authors employ ecology, it covers all of the profession of medicine. In the strict sense this is correct since ecology is man and his environment. However, in the more limited sense that this term has become accepted, we are dealing with man's contamination of his environment as a public health problem. The text does not

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