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March 9, 1940

Epidemiology in Country Practice

JAMA. 1940;114(10):915. doi:10.1001/jama.1940.02810100081031

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This well written book should be read by the practicing physician residing in rural or urban areas. The obvious desire to find the clinical and epidemiologic answer to the illnesses coming under the scrutiny of the careful and thoughtful physician should prove an inspiration to the reader. This striking paragraph of the introduction deserves full quotation:

The general practitioner is in the forefront of the battle and his experience must necessarily be personal and vital. No consulting physician can ever have the opportunity to follow the whole course of such a disease as epidemic myalgia in the same way as the general practitioner, because of the latter's more intimate association with his patients.

Modern public procedure certainly endorse these sentiments.

The second quotation, taken from page 5, middle paragraph, is all inclusive and exceedingly valuable advice:

The object of this book is primarily an attempt to stimulate other country doctors

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