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November 11, 1939

Health Officers' Manual: General Information Regarding the Administrative and Technical Problems of the Health Officer

JAMA. 1939;113(20):1836. doi:10.1001/jama.1939.02800450058038

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From his wide experience in public health, Dr. Geiger has prepared the manual dealing briefly with general principles of public health and organization. All details of controversial subjects are omitted. Dr. Geiger's knowledge and organizing ability show clearly in the type of book which he has prepared.

The introductory material concerning organization should be a helpful guide to the health officer in the establishment of basic services. Under records and statistics are included birth and death registration, collection of material for statistical study, graphic presentation and the explanation of procedures generally used in morbidity and mortality records. Under medical services are included programs on child hygiene, public health nursing, dental hygiene, mental hygiene and nutrition. The communicable diseases are classified according to control measures applied. It is advocated that medical services rendered by the health department include an emergency service, hospitalization facilities and homes for children, the aged and incapacitated

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