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January 8, 1938

General Hygiene and Preventive Medicine: A Text-Book for College Students, Medical Students, Nurses, Public Health Workers and Social Workers

JAMA. 1938;110(2):153. doi:10.1001/jama.1938.02790020067041

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This volume is intended primarily for college students in the upper divisions, medical students, nurses and teachers in training. The subject, the author states in the preface, is approached from an essentially new point of view: that of the methods employed to control disease, all other matter being held subordinate to that end. The book, however, barely escapes being a catalogue. For example, there are only slightly over two pages on the subject of pneumonia and almost exactly the same space for eye strain. An interesting deviation from the conventional presentation is the inclusion of eugenic measures in preventive medicine, under which head moronism, epilepsy and migraine are discussed. This book would be suitable for college students, teachers and the general public but would be totally inadequate for medical students or perhaps even nurses, all of whom should have a much wider knowledge of hygiene and preventive medicine. For the

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