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February 4, 1939

Slums of New York

JAMA. 1939;112(5):467. doi:10.1001/jama.1939.02800050081032

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The reader picking up this book from a sense of duty, anticipating a dull and depressing catalogue of human misery and degradation or a social worker's crusade, is soon agreeably surprised to find a readable and interesting character study of slum neighborhoods and tenement denizens. The book deals with four typical slum areas, which are briefly described as follows: Tyler Street is an Old World community, Fleet Street a crossroads between Occident and Orient, Parnell Street an old slum, and Palm Street a "conflict of cultures." The first section of the book is descriptive of the slum areas to be studied, from a general point of view. Then follow chapters more specific in character, dealing in each instance with the slum in its relation to the family and then, in a separate chapter, with the social world of the child in each of these areas. Each general chapter on each

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