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October 1939

Cause and Prevention of Disease.

Arch Intern Med (Chic). 1939;64(4):888-889. doi:10.1001/archinte.1939.00190040229014

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The author has gathered in a single volume a great many facts which bear on the cause and prevention of disease.

Various direct or indirect causes are discussed under six headings. Heredity, nutrition, chemical agents, physical agents, animate agents and psychobiologic or biosocial factors are each given credit, either alone or in combination, for causing illness. The author's method of approach to discussing the cause of disease is to arrange these different agents in various classes according to their characteristics and to their effect.

The preventive measures that may be employed against these agents are considered collectively and individually. There is a tendency toward repetition, but, on the whole, the work is an excellent reference book for physicians and students who wish to obtain a quick résumé of a particular subject in the field of preventive medicine.

From the standpoint of a textbook for medical schools, the book does not

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