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August 4, 1923

The Health Speaker's Handbook.

JAMA. 1923;81(5):413. doi:10.1001/jama.1923.02650050067038

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This brief manual on health education from the lecture platform sets forth Dr. Galdston's crystallized experiences gained in service as a speaker on health subjects. The author calls attention to the need for more extensive public health education, and emphasizes the fact that teaching by the spoken word is the oldest and most effective, as well as the most intricate and difficult, method. Not all who talk can teach, but to teach should be the chief aim of health talks. Under the heading of the speaker is discussed that indefinable something called personality; then the voice, vocabulary, knowledge and training, all in some detail. The subject matter, the audience, suggestion for preparation and delivery of health talks, and finally the adjuncts to the lecture, such as the distribution of literature and use of motion pictures, are discussed with a special section on talks to industrial workers. Illustrative outlines are presented

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