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August 12, 1939

Spring Floods and Tornadoes, 1936: Official Report of Relief Operations

JAMA. 1939;113(7):621. doi:10.1001/jama.1939.02800320073039

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This official report of relief operations during the spring floods and tornadoes in 1936 is an attractive publication, well illustrated with maps, diagrams, photographs and charts, all dealt with in the modern, pictorial, statistical manner. There is a chronological report of developments presented as a typical picture of disaster situations and necessary relief. The manner in which relief was mobilized from all available sources is graphically described. Considerable space is given to rehabilitation of the physical damage and of the social damage. There is a chapter on medical problems too brief to be adequate, especially in view of the space given to other phases of disaster relief. There are extensive statistical reports in a series of appendixes. There is an adequate index. Though a paper binding is used, the printing and makeup of the book are exceedingly attractive, owing to the effective handling of illustrative matter and the large clear

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