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June 7, 1941

Basic Principles of Healthful Housing

JAMA. 1941;116(23):2637-2638. doi:10.1001/jama.1941.02820230081031

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This is a report from the Committee on the Hygiene of Housing of the American Public Health Association and has been endorsed by the Association's Committee on Research and Standards so that it may be released for further study. It contains chapters on physiologic needs which can be met by proper housing, such as temperature, pure air, proper lighting, protection against noise, and adequate space for exercise. It then lists fundamental psychologic needs, such as privacy, opportunities for normal family and community life, facilities for performances of household tasks, the maintenance of friendliness, the achievement of esthetic satisfactions, and conformance with social standards of the community. Protection against contagion includes the provision of safe water available to the dwelling and protection against pollution within the dwelling, proper toilet facilities, the avoidance of insanitary conditions in the vicinity, the exclusion of vermin and all further necessities. There must also be provision

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