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October 30, 1948

Essentials of Public Health

JAMA. 1948;138(9):719. doi:10.1001/jama.1948.02900090093023

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This is a manual on public health presented as a condensed handbook for physicians in private practice, medical students and members of allied professions. Its purpose is stated as "to set forth the purposes and methods of public health work." This is done simply, concisely and clearly. In addition to the four authors, numerous authorities in various fields of public health and preventive medicine have served as consultants and contributors. The book begins with a chapter orienting the practice of medicine in the field of public health, and proceeds to consider environmental sanitation, communicable disease control, including tuberculosis and the venereal diseases, and other public health problems, such as maternal and child health, infant health, health of the preschool child, heart disease, cancer, mental hygiene, diabetes, conservation of vision and hearing, crippled children, dental hygiene, nutrition, housing and health, school health services, health education, occupational health and statistics.

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