Book Reviews
May 1930


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By WILLIAM R. P. EMERSON, M.D. Price, $3. Pp. 272, with illustrations and 51 charts. New York: D. Appleton & Company, 1930.

Am J Dis Child. 1930;39(5):1146-1147. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1930.01930170233020

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In the preface to his new book entitled "The Diagnosis of Health," Dr. William R. P. Emerson states his ideas "regarding health status and emphasizes the fact that this status too often remains a matter of opinion rather than the result of scientific investigation."

Dr. Emerson states in Chapter I, that "disease is any departure from health presenting marked symptoms, and health is the absence of disease of a physical type." "Health is a relative term. We can seek to see how well a person is as definitely as we seek to determine how sick he is."

The question might be raised at once, is the mere absence of disease of a physical type the only criterion for the measurement of health? Dr. Emerson states seven signs of physical fitness. If these were to be used in comparing different children, a degree of standardization would be required which has hardly

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