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This is, if we mistake not, the first attempt at a complete critical and historical study of health conditions and public health activities in an American city. It is to be hoped that it is the forerunner of other studies of a similar character. The volume before us, which contains a carefully prepared record of the available data on diseases in Baltimore, in many ways sets a high mark of achievement. It is comprehensive, well written and definitely organized; the statistical analyses are in the main illuminating and not too elaborate; the work throughout is informed by first-hand knowledge and high professional standards. Some minor criticisms may be made. The author's point of view in some of his discussions reveals a certain familiar environmental influence. He wishes to make it so plain that not all the improvement in public health in the last half century is due to "the discoveries
Public Health Administration and the Natural History of Disease in Baltimore, Maryland, 1797-1920. JAMA. 1925;84(7):539. doi:10.1001/jama.1925.02660330059036
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