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February 1930


Am J Dis Child. 1930;39(2):466. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1930.01930140228027

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The work is precisely what its title and introduction imply. It is an outline, touching a wide variety of topics, planned primarily for teachers of medicine. Emphasis is laid on the fact that preventive medicine is not a separate branch but an important part—often the most important part—of every branch of medical science including the preclinical, such as anatomy, physiology and pharmacology.

The development of the preventive attitude of mind appears to be the object aimed at rather than the presentation of comprehensive data or detailed descriptions of technic. Many new avenues of thought are pointed out, but to pursue them in detail the interested reader must go elsewhere. For this reason the usefulness of the work to the average physician could be greatly increased by more comprehensive references as footnotes.

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