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July 24, 1943

Intensive Rural Hygiene Work in the Netherlands East Indies

JAMA. 1943;122(13):905. doi:10.1001/jama.1943.02840300065030

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Although this booklet purports only to describe the program of public health in the rural parts of the Netherlands East Indies, especially in Java, its scope is actually far broader. The author's account of the development of the program serves as a basis for a discussion of the general principles that might well apply to the conduct of public health work in any part of the world. While the author does not presume to do more than present the philosophy underlying the program in the East Indies, he has actually written a treatise that merits careful examination by all students of public health, and especially by those engaged in rural areas. His underlying tenet is that lasting progress can be made no faster than the public is educated to appreciate and to want improved conditions of sanitation and health. Enforcement of laws that are neither understood nor supported and the

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