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October 9, 1915

A Manual for Health Officers.

JAMA. 1915;LXV(15):1300. doi:10.1001/jama.1915.02580150074034

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The increasing number of workers in the public health field, both physicians and laymen, has created a distinct demand for a compact, practical, up-to-date reference book for health officers. The fact that Mr. MacNutt's training was secured, not in a medical school, but in the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, has naturally influenced both his point of view and his method of treatment. The publication of such a volume by a nonmedical man is conclusive evidence of the way in which the entire public health field is widening. The book is divided into two main parts, the first dealing with health authorities, their organization and powers and the second with public health administration. Under the first head, local, state and federal health authorities and their functions are discussed; also unofficial organizations. In the section on public health administration, the greater part of the space is naturally devoted to the discussion of

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