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October 6, 1945

Preventive Medicine

JAMA. 1945;129(6):483. doi:10.1001/jama.1945.02860400067025

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As a convenient guide and reference book for teachers of undergraduate medical students in the required course in preventive medicine in the second or third year, this well tested book has a respected and commendable place, as will be acknowledged in greeting this edition. In the process of simplifying the subject and abbreviating the text for the purpose, the author's classification of the preventable diseases lacks desirable distinctions and some major categories. Habit forming drugs such as alcohol, tobacco and those of the morphine and cocaine series might better be separately dealt with and not, as is alcohol, under diseases due to dietary deficiencies. Cancer, so far as preventable, would seem to justify at least a mention and preferably a chapter to itself. There are preventable aspects of mental diseases other than those related to nutritional defects which would seem to claim attention. The allergies are not dealt with, as

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