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November 18, 1939


JAMA. 1939;113(21):1906. doi:10.1001/jama.1939.02800460060032

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This textbook on hygiene is described by the author as intended for the use of students of medicine, priority being given to the social aspect of hygiene. Although Currie states that he does not elaborate the administrative and legal points of hygiene, one third of the book describes rather fully the provisions in Great Britain for medical and public health care, including maternal and child welfare, school hygiene, mental hygiene and industrial hygiene. One chapter is devoted to a discussion of social insurance as it is employed in Great Britain. This discussion is largely an enumeration of the laws which have been passed and the benefits available to individual citizens without any opinions being given with regard to the effectiveness of such legislation. The remainder of the volume takes up various aspects of personal and environmental hygiene, such as food, ventilation, lighting, water supply and waste disposal, and gives a

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