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December 19, 1953

Textbook of College Hygiene

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By Oliver E. Byrd, Ed.D., M.D., Professor of Health Education, Stanford University, San Francisco. Cloth. $4.50. Pp. 443, with 26 illustrations. W. B. Saunders Company, 218 W. Washington Sq., Philadelphia 5; 7 Grape St., Shaftesbury Ave., London, W.C.2, 1953.

JAMA. 1953;153(16):1492. doi:10.1001/jama.1953.02940330076029

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Unique in its approach, this textbook is based on careful surveys to determine the health interests and needs of college undergraduates, rather than presenting what the author thinks such a group should be told. After his studies, Byrd selected the 30 chief subjects as chapter topics. The resulting book is perhaps not far from what the average well-qualified health educator would settle on without the aid of such a survey, but, at the same time, there would appear to be added reassurance that the material has been well chosen.

Presumably the author began the book with the subject in which greatest interest was expressed and proceeded on a descending scale with subsequent topics. It is an interesting commentary on present interests that the first chapter deals with health in marriage, the second with pregnancy and childbirth, and the third with infant and child care. The next four chapters concern emotional

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