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November 14, 1925

The Principles of Public Health Engineering.

JAMA. 1925;85(20):1580-1581. doi:10.1001/jama.1925.02670200058033

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This book is prepared for two classes of students—the health officer who has had little or no engineering training, and the sanitary engineer with little or no knowledge of public health principles. In it are treated such topics as lighting, water supply and sewerage, atmospheric pollution, ventilation of buildings, and pasteurization of milk. The book is compact; the style, clear and concise. The proof-reading might be better, one important error being that on page 142, where aerobic is used for anaerobic. On page 158 "steam" is used in place of stream. There is occasionally a tendency to pedantry, as when "phreatic" water is used as synonymous with ground water. The discussion of air conditioning, including the control of atmospheric pollution, is particularly clear and outspoken. The author declares that "artificial humidification offers no particular advantages in the first place and, as practiced by the evaporation of water in the room

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