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Harvard Historical Studies 72

Public Health in the Town of Boston, 1630–1822

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$36.50 • £29.95 • €33.00

ISBN 9780674722507

Publication Date: 01/01/1959


278 pages

1 halftone, 7 tables

Harvard Historical Studies


Much can be said for the history of a problem limited in area and scope if it be significantly related to the world beyond… The author begins with the day the Massachusetts Bay Company limited the number of passengers in each ship as a health measure and ends with the dawn of the modern sanitary movement. Because he had to feel his way his book is methodologically as well as substantially valuable. Blake has neglected no source—official, periodical, monographic—and at no time does he fail to appreciate that contemporary measures reflected the best knowledge and experience… The story told here is one to inspire pride; it also reveals the need for many more such studies as a prelude to a full account of public health in the United States.—Charles F. Mullett, American Historical Review

Blake has written a book to be recommended without reservation, one which should be available to all students and practitioners of public health.—George Rosen, American Journal of Public Health

This well-documented study is rewarding both to the historian and to the general reader. The author has tapped original sources and brought together fresh information, scattered through records printed and in manuscript… This book, readable and scholarly, is important to anyone interested in the history of this country.New York Historical Society Quarterly

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