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February 25, 1911

Civics and Health.

JAMA. 1911;LVI(8):613-614. doi:10.1001/jama.1911.02560080061031

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The need of a book on modern applied sanitation which would be technically correct, and at the same time popularly interesting, has often been emphasized. Dr. Allen's book is a sincere effort to supply this need. It is divided into five parts. In the first, Dr. Allen discusses health as a civic obligation, stating that the best index to community health is the physical welfare of school children. The second part is devoted to the various physical evils from which school children suffer and the means of recognizing them. The third part is devoted to methods, including such problems as tuberculosis, clean milk, school inspection, etc. The fourth deals with municipal and school organization for securing hygienic conditions, while the last part of the book is devoted to a consideration of alcohol, tobacco, "patent medicines," sex hygiene and various methods of popular propaganda.

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