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December 21, 1935

The Principles and Practice of Hygiene

JAMA. 1935;105(25):2099. doi:10.1001/jama.1935.02760510071037

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This useful textbook for nurses was first published in 1930. In the previous edition the authors limited their discussion to matters relating to personal and individual hygiene. In the new edition they have made little change but have simply added a section on community sanitation. They have not been successful in condensing this comprehensive subject within some seventy-eight pages. The major titles of the material that is considered are (1) water supplies and their purification, (2) prevention of food-borne infections, (3) combating the hazards of the lower animals, insects and soil, and (4) home sanitation. All these subjects are discussed inadequately, while much equally important material is given no consideration whatever. The chapter on combating the hazards of the lower animals, insects and soil is a heterogeneous mixture of subjects that have little interrelationship. The chapter on home sanitation is perhaps the least adequate of the group. It probably would

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