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April 1960

Preventive Medicine. Principles of Prevention in the Occurrence and Progression of Disease.

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Edited by Herman E. Hilleboe, M.D., and Granville W. Larimore, M.D. Price, $12. Pp. 702, with 59 illustrations. W. B. Saunders Company, 218 W. Washington, Philadelphia 5; 7 Grape St., Shaftesbury Ave., London W.C. 2, 1959.

AMA Arch Intern Med. 1960;105(4):663-664. doi:10.1001/archinte.1960.00270160161028

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The teaching of preventive medicine has changed drastically in the last fifteen years. Much of this change relates to greater general emphasis on clinical preventive medicine, with textbooks in clinical subjects incorporating sections on prevention of specific diseases. The appearance of a text written by members of the State Health Department of New York is a reaffirmation of the traditional relationship between preventive medicine and public health. The integration of prevention with curative services necessitated by today's concern with chronic disease requires greater communication between medical practitioners and specialists in prevention.

Desirable emphases in this textbook include: (1) distinction between prevention of occurrence and prevention of progression; (2) the relation between practitioners and supporting health services; (3) the strong chapter on epidemiologic methods and inferences; (4) the physician's role in health education; (5) the good chapters on defense against atomic attack and accidents; (6) well-done printing and proofreading.

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