Veterinary Medicine and Human Health

by Calvin W. Schwabe, M.S., D.V.M., M.P.H., Sc.D., Professor of Parasitology and Epidemiology, Faculty of Medical Sciences; Assistant Director of the School of Public Health; American University of Beirut, Lebanon. xvii + 516 pages, illustrated. The Williams and Wilkins Company, Baltimore, Md. 1964. $16.00

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  • Washington, D. C.

According to the preface, this work is designed to explore for the benefit of the veterinary student and veterinarian the interface between veterinary medicine and human medicine and to help construct a bridge between medicine and agriculture. The two objectives seem somewhat disparate but the author has done justice to both. For material he has drawn extensively on many other scientific disciplines. The book should therefore be of interest to those engaged in the fields of epidemiology, public health and tropical medicine and hygiene.

The material is divided into four sections. Section 1, the “Practice of Population Medicine,” deals with the implications of veterinary practice, veterinary interests in public health, and the role of the veterinarian in the public health team. It is pointed out that in the past the veterinarian has been mainly concerned with practice in relation to the monetary value of the domestic animal, an activity which has obscured his relationship to public health and preventive medicine, as well as his contributions to agricultural development.

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