This book is one of the best for the layman. The author, urged on by the belief that no field of study and instruction has greater potentialities for promotion of the welfare of the individual and society than hygiene has, has emphasized those aspects which concern the average normal person and which he can to some extent influence. Ackerman feels that instruction in hygiene in college is best given during the last two years of the regular course or during the first years of professional education, when the student is best prepared to realize its greatest benefits. The text is therefore meant for a more mature reader than most such works.
The book starts with a discussion of the hygienic concept and reveals the nature, magnitude and objectives of hygiene. This section is followed by a survey of the mortality and morbidity experience of the United States in recent years