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May 1, 1926

Manual of Hygiene and Public Health. A Text Book for Medical and Public Health Students.

JAMA. 1926;86(18):1388. doi:10.1001/jama.1926.02670440062043

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The progress of public health in India is of interest to all the world. Dr. Das' book appears about a year after the fourth edition of a similar volume in which he collaborated. The subjects usually included in a manual on public health are discussed. On the whole, these discussions are well written; but in some cases details of laboratory procedures are so fully given that the reader loses the more fundamental aspects of the problems. The temperature for milk pasteurization is given as 167 F. This is some 20 degrees higher than American practice, and such a temperature would be impracticable in this country. It is of interest to note that the infant mortality rate in Calcutta for 1921 was 330, and for 1922, 287. The author believes that early marriages and improper attendance during labor are largely responsible for this excessive rate. The expectation of life in India

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