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The first edition of this textbook appeared in 1913. It was reviewed favorably in The Journal of the American Medical Association (61:1317 [Oct. 4] 1913). The reviewer described the book as a distinct addition to the lengthening list of books of the first rank by American authors and already a standard authority on the subject of preventive medicine.
The book has prospered: Subsequent editions were forthcoming in 1916, 1917, 1921, 1927 and 1935. The latest edition, while in line with the others, has been extensively rewritten to bring it up to date, with much new matter added and much dead wood deleted. Subjects considered for the first time include contraception and psittacosis, which have become of considerable general importance in the last few years. The review of the fifth edition in The Journal of the American Medical Association (88:1924 [June 11] 1927) stated about all that needs to