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The Population Crisis: Implications and Plans for Action.

Mark D. Altschule, MD
Arch Intern Med. 1965;116(5):801-802. doi:10.1001/archinte.1965.03870050155039.
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This book is more an example of journalism than a work of scholarship, although it does contain learned and expert discussions among its many chapters. In the first place, the title promises very much more than the book offers in the way of solutions; the plans for action mentioned are no more than preliminary, if that. The journalistic character of the book is revealed by the inclusion of superficial trivialities by Sir Julian Huxley, impressive-sounding trivialities by Arnold Toynbee, and biological nonsense by Frederick Osborn.

On the other hand, the book collects in one place a considerable amount of solid anthropologic, sociologic, economic, and geographic data necessary for the understanding of problems of population. However, although physicians may be interested in these important data as citizens of the world, they will not be greatly interested in them as physicians, since it is peripheral or even tangential to the clinical problem.


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