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Dr. Rosen has written a readable, persuasive, and provocative book. He ambitiously covers the outstanding developments in public health from antiquity to the present. Well organized and carefully indexed, it is an excellent reference for the student or professional. Names, events, and dates are provided against a general historical backdrop that emphasizes changing socioeconomic patterns. The convincing presentation becomes provocative as current and future problems in public health are presented and discussed.
It would be difficult for the thoughtful reader not to be convinced that past events in public health are but prologue. Changing concepts of professional responsibilities and prerogatives, the function of government, and a more vocal beneficiary of public health services are obvious forces that will affect the future course of public health. As Dr. Rosen says:
"These developments must be seen, however, not alone as events peculiar to the United States but in the perspective of a
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