Oxford Textbook of Public Health, Volume 2, Processes for Public Health Promotion

edited by Walter W. Holland, Roger Detels, and George Knox. x + 214 pages, illustrated. Oxford University Press, Inc., 200 Madison Avenue, New York, New York 10016. 1985. $37.50

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This second volume of this four volume textbook, subtitled Processes for Public Health Promotion, is considerably more readable than was the first.

The first four chapters are in the form of brief essays which attempt to epitomize some of the broad challenges to modern public health. They will be useful to those who are new to the public health scene. The opening chapter, on control of the physical environment, provides an all-too-brief summary of the topic from an occupational health/industry viewpoint. Its plea for a rational control strategy is a welcome change from the more strident tone usually associated with such presentations. The second chapter, “Control of Infectious Diseases,” presents a broad topic succinctly but without enough detail to capture the attention of the reader with more than a perfunctory acquaintance with the area. The third essay focuses upon lifestyle modification as the prime component of the challenge to change the social ecology.

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