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July 30, 1938

Handbook of Social Hygiene

JAMA. 1938;111(5):473. doi:10.1001/jama.1938.02790310095034

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This book of twenty-one chapters by different authors contains a wealth of valuable material. The writer of each chapter is a recognized authority in his field and has presented the essential facts in that field as fully and clearly as space permitted. The present campaign against the venereal diseases is discussed, showing the many ways in which medicine, law, sociology, education and religion can join forces with the practitioner and the health officer in abolishing syphilis. Hospitals in concentrating on their original function of caring for the acutely ill have been slow to realize the valuable part they can play in promoting health. Hospital cooperation in social hygiene still lags. This book points out ways and means by which such cooperation can be brought about in the treatment of the venereal diseases. The functions of the United States Public Health Service and the state and local health departments in the

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