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December 13, 1965

Health and the Community: Readings in the Philosophy and Sciences of Public Health

JAMA. 1965;194(11):1261. doi:10.1001/jama.1965.03090240095047

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If the editors do not earn an "A" with this book, it is largely because their efforts have been almost exclusively restricted to cobbling together a number of articles and speeches. The editors got hold of a wealth of material and rather skillfully categorized it under eight sections. But producing an anthology is not only a process of selecting, it is perhaps even more a process of setting limitations. Apparently the editors set few limitations, so that a sketch rather than a philosophy emerges.

The introductory pages provide a historical perspective for understanding current philosophy and practice in public health. A second section portrays health problems of selected population groups such as the family, the chronically ill, the industrial and migrant worker. A third section indexes both official and unofficial views of the structure and organization of health services. The professional disciplines and skills integral to public health research and

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