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Rosenberg, a preeminent social historian of medicine, and Golden, an outstanding scholar in medical history, collaborated in producing this useful volume. The introduction describes the evolutionary role of public health, the impetus of germ theory in preventive medicine, and the effects of nonmedical institutions' (transportation, housing, food) on public health. The authors explain what kind of photographs were available, which they chose to use, and why. Their goal was to show the social institutions of medicine; many photographs depict educational, nursing, and public health activities. They indicate that many of the photographs were posed and used for public relations, and
Pictures of Health: A Photographic History of Health Care in Philadelphia: 1860-1945. Ann Intern Med. 1992;116:880. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-116-10-880_1
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1992;116(10):880.
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