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December 6, 1947

Handbook of Preventive Medicine

JAMA. 1947;135(14):951. doi:10.1001/jama.1947.02890140071027

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This is a well organized, practical manual on hygiene and sanitation written in simple direct style for line officers and medical officers of Britain's Royal Air Force. Included are sections on personal hygiene, water, food and nutrition, environmental sanitation, waste disposal, communicable diseases, disinfection and disinfestation. The approach is direct and practical, and the 42 illustrations are of the type that would be of great assistance in the actual construction and maintenance of sanitary equipment, housing and tenting in all types of climate and terrain.

Of particular interest are figure 1 on tooth brushing, the section on alteration of the normal diet required by various conditions, table 5 on the period of exclusion from food handling after apparent cure from the various diarrheal diseases, table 6 of temperature-humidity records at selected places the world over and the sections on pathologic effects of great heat, clothing, the control of droplet infections,

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