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January 17, 1948

Recent Advances in Public Health

JAMA. 1948;136(3):213. doi:10.1001/jama.1948.02890200067030

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This book covers a wide set of subjects classified as recent advances in public health. Its contents satisfactorily cover the rapidly changing social scene and the effect on the public health. Individual, community and environmental health are covered with thoroughness and dispatch; to the American health officer, this book should prove interesting reading and a valuable asset in his daily duties.

The chapter on rural epidemiology is altogether too short, but the author's observations indicate what a fertile field there is in determining the causes and the modes of spread of diseases in rural areas. The lesson to be learned is that every practicing physician is a practical epidemiologist however busy his life.

The briefness of some chapters, such as that on immunization against smallpox may be disappointing to American readers.

The chapter on smokeless air should interest the health officers of communities where advocates of smoke control become unpopular

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