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September 28, 1935

The Appraisal of Public Health Activities in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 1930 and 1933

JAMA. 1935;105(13):1065. doi:10.1001/jama.1935.02760390059028

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Standardization of the essentials of public healthpractice on a quantitative basis has been a ten-year aim of the Committee on Administrative Practice of the American Public Health Association, though the pioneer work in such standardization was done by Chapin in 1915 for the Council on Health and Public Instruction of the American Medical Association, and reported in The Journal. The Chapin report, in book form, has become a rare and valued piece of public health literature. The work under review is an excellent example of the health appraisal at its best. As its makers have realized from the beginning, the appraisal idea has possibilities of evil as well as of good. It is only a quantitative measure, though some quantitative measures may in themselves be indications of quality; if little or nothing is being done toward a desirable objective, obviously the quality of progress is poor. On the other hand,

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