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July 9, 1973

Family Practice

JAMA. 1973;225(2):180. doi:10.1001/jama.1973.03220290058029

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The appearance of this book is a long awaited event. There has been a clamoring for a text in this new specialty, and, after many people speculated as to the appropriate form and content, the authors presented an unusual, if not unique, response to the demand.

The first part of the book, titled "The Family Unit," attempts to describe family structure, function, psychodynamics, and sociocultural influences. For medical students and physicians whose collegiate schedule did not permit the luxury of a liberal education, this section is an excellent outline to guide further reading.

In the part labeled "Community Medicine," the editors have shown keen awareness of recent health care activity and, in effect, have redefined community medicine. In addition to the usual subjects of preventive medicine, epidemiology, and genetics, there are chapters on ecological medicine, health maintenance, and the management of chronic illness. The discussion on utilization of community resources