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March 4, 1933

Community Health Organization: A Manual of Administration and Procedure for Cities of 100,000, With Suggested Modifications for Larger and Smaller Urban Units.

JAMA. 1933;100(9):690. doi:10.1001/jama.1933.02740090062039

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This volume summarizes the valuable services that have been rendered to the public by the Committee on Administrative Practice of the American Public Health Association through the studies of community health organization and its efforts to bring some sort of order out of the chaos into which excessive individualism had thrown public health administration. In the earlier portions of the several chapters, in which facts are recorded and fundamental principles discussed, the book is admirable. Health administrators, especially the inexperienced, should not be without it. Unfortunately, like other committees and commissions too well known to need mentioning, the conclusions do not always fit the facts. The principles of organization are excellent as described in the volume, but when details are discussed, especially with respect to personnel and budgets, the committee gets its feet far off the ground. Its schematic outline for health personnel and budget for a city of 100,000

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