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December 13, 1941


Author Affiliations

Third Vice President, Metropolitan Life Insurance Company NEW YORK

JAMA. 1941;117(24):2060-2064. doi:10.1001/jama.1941.02820500042009

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Perhaps the time has come, as is apt to be the case periodically in most fields, for a fresh orientation as to what in general we mean by health education. There are still those in public health who see little or no value or scope in health education. There are also those, in increasing numbers, who appear to think that health education and public health are practically synonymous terms—coextensive in range and content. Between these two extreme views, what is health education's real status?

Parenthetically, let me make it clear at the start that I am attempting to appraise the relative importance of health education in the public health field as compared with other elements. I am not attempting an analysis from a psychologic or other angle, of what constitutes effective health education or what technics will or will not arouse real interest and action. This is another story, though

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