Book Reviews
April 1946

Local Health Units for the Nation.

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A Report by Haven Emerson, M.D., Chairman, Subcommittee on Local Health Units, Committee on Administrative Practice, American Public Health Association, With the Collaboration of Martha Luginbuhl, M.A. Price $1.25. Pp. 333, with 7 tables concerning the United States as a whole and with 3 tables and 1 map for each state and for the District of Columbia. New York: The Commonwealth Fund, 1945.

Am J Dis Child. 1946;71(4):444-445. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1946.02020270114009

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This comprehensive study and report is presented in six parts, a foreword and five chapters. The foreword states that the report is addressed to the home town folks, particularly their elected officers.

Health services are now attempted by 18,000 or more counties, cities, towns, villages or districts, most of them having developed with no definite pattern. The authors propose a redesign for local public health service to furnish coverage for the nation through the development of full time local service.

The foreword briefly considers the five sections of the text. It is expected that the proposed plan will be supported by state medical, dental and nursing organizations, as well as by official and voluntary associations and other health agencies. The report was made possible by a grant of the Commonwealth Fund, for which the Committee of the American Public Health Association assumes all responsibility.

The first chapter, "Principles," treats the

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