Excerpt from Practical Sanitation: A Handbook for Health Officers; And Practitioners of Medicine
This book was designed to fill a vacancy in literature. Up to the present, there has never been a serious endeavor to provide within the covers of a Single moderate-priced volume,... a plain, non-technical exposition of the duties of the health officer, written by one experienced in the routine and emergencies of the local sanitary service and familiar with the needs of the local health officer. It is compiled from many sources, and, while it contains much of the personal observation of both authors, it is perforce comparatively unoriginal, since it must present the established views and methmfi in combating disease and not ideas of the future. It aims simply to provide a safe way for the health officer to meet any emergency which may arise. Since sanitary officials in small places out of the reach of libraries are most in need of such a work, and since they are illy paid, the authors have endeavored to provide a book at a moderate price. Hence, much that is of interest to the expert has been excluded, while much that to him is axiomatic has been included.
Since treatises on tropical diseases are not ordinarily to be found in small libraries, several of these diseases not now known to occur in the United States, but which are capable of dissemina tion here, are included.
The parts of this book dealing with Epidemiology and General Sanitation are the work of Dr. Gardner, with the exception of the chapters on Milk and Water, which, with Part III, are the work of Dr. Simonds.
If this volume aids the health officer in solving his problems, and assists him in raising the standard of the public health, it will fulfill the one desire of the authors.
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