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September 16, 1961

Principles of Community Health

JAMA. 1961;177(11):817. doi:10.1001/jama.1961.03040370079035

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Abstract

While there is no specification as to the student level for which this book is intended, it seems most appropriate for prospective health educators and those in similar categories. Such students who become familiar with its contents will acquire a much needed but yet sometimes neglected background in this important area. Some of the volume's better features include the reading and reference lists for each chapter, good use of graphs, charts, and illustrations, and detailed discussion of mass media. Motivation is given careful consideration. There is adequate attention to community power structure, and references to repositories of health education material will be very helpful.

The book does have some shortcomings which should be noted. Devoting a chapter each to radiological and space health is in keeping with the times, but the pressing problem of air pollution has an allotment of only 7 pages. In certain technical details the volume would

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