This handy book, written in not too technical language, presents an admirable survey of what public health is all about. The discussion of the historical development of public health measures in the United States is particularly valuable, and the division into chapters on federal, state and local health services simplifies an obviously complicated subject.
This treatise, the prospective reader should know, is sponsored by the Committee on Medicine and the Changing Order of the New York Academy of Medicine. It is one of a series of studies which, it is hoped, will help to orient those who see the need of progress in the various domains of medicine. It is to be hoped that this excellent study on government in public health, which emphasizes what has been achieved, will point out by implication some of the things which still need badly to be done.