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May 10, 1952

Social Medicine

JAMA. 1952;149(2):210. doi:10.1001/jama.1952.02930190112048

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This textbook was written to fill a need for a separate work dealing with the influence of social factors on human health. The various parts of the book are written by South Africans who have special knowledge of the field under consideration. It deals extensively with all aspects of social medicine; these are causes of human disorganization, personal disorganization, social diseases, social disorganization, statistics, and medicosocial legislation.

The legislation and institutions in South Africa that deal with sociomedical problems are discussed in detail. A large portion of the book is directed to local South African problems; it is, therefore, of limited interest to American readers. Its broad scope and authentic content recommend it to the physician who is especially interested in social medicine.

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