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September 20, 1913

Prevention and Control of Disease.

JAMA. 1913;61(12):984. doi:10.1001/jama.1913.04350120074029

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This book is an attempt to describe for the general public the modern conceptions and knowledge of infectious diseases, and their control and prevention. This is done in order to bring before the intelligent citizen facts necessary to make him sympathetic toward the efforts of health officers and charitable organizations in their campaigns for the stamping out and control of disease. Among the subjects described in non-technical language are various infectious types of disease and the bacteriology, when it is known; the germ theory of disease and the life history of micro-organisms; plant and animal parasites; disinfection and disinfectants; the questions of susceptibility, resistance and immunity; the problem of vaccination; wound infections; some of the protozoal diseases, and the reasons for the rules of hygiene and sanitation. We like the idea of the book. There is tremendous general interest in all that pertains to health conditions, and much is published in the lay press, a part of which at least is not presented in

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