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Article
November 20, 1967

Preventive Medicine

JAMA. 1967;202(8):848. doi:10.1001/jama.1967.03130210222048

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Abstract

The editors declare this 44-part, many authored text to be primarily concerned with the needs of the medical student. The three main divisions into methods, etiologies, and prevention in practice include catchbasins for the socioeconomics of medicine and industrial and legal medicines. Although the traditional title, Preventive Medicine, satisfies the proposed market, a more accurate title would be, "The Epidemiologist Looks at All Aspects of Medicine and Its Practice in the United States, While Simultaneously Indoctrinating the Reader in Methodology." This is as much as ten men could absorb in ten years.

In the past decade, preventive medicine has so added and subtracted from its curriculum that its teaching has been revised from roots to leaf tips. This text has subtracted all the classical epidemiology of individual infectious diseases; sanitary engineering is dropped—to adjust the balance, the text has added public health aspects of aging populations, social welfare, and governmental

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