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September 10, 1949

Modern Trends in Public Health

JAMA. 1949;141(2):166. doi:10.1001/jama.1949.02910020060040

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In some respects, this volume can be considered a send-off for what is referred to in the foreword as the "national insurance scheme" put into effect in England in 1948. That it appears during a period of transition is emphasized in his foreword by Massey, who also points out that many of the subjects pertain to topics of current interest. Specific chapters that may be mentioned in that connection are those on "The Idea of a Family Health Club," "Social Medicine as an Academic Discipline," "Housing and the Home—The New Outlook," and "Health Centers in Their Relation to Social Medicine and Public Health."

An attempt is not made to survey the entire field of public health, but nevertheless a rather wide range of subjects is covered by the various authorities who have contributed to the twenty-three chapter symposium. Historical and analytic in their treatment, the writers have made important summary

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