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June 1, 1929

Public Health and Hygiene: A Student's Manual.

JAMA. 1929;92(22):1886. doi:10.1001/jama.1929.02700480076037

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This is a readable, well arranged and generally accurate little book. The historical sense with which the author is gifted has proved especially valuable to him in the selection and presentation of his material. Illustrations are numerous and mainly well chosen. It is perhaps inevitable that a few misstatements and errors should find their way into a book of this character. Ricketts is said (p. 126) to have died from Rocky Mountain spotted fever (instead of from typhus). The yellow fever mosquito has been known for at least five years as Aedes aegypti (not A. calopus, p. 135). On page 143 the impression is given, perhaps unintentionally, that poliomyelitis is probably trasmitted by the agency of insects. On page 208 the discussion of bacterial water examination is inaccurate and quite out of date.

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