Forty Years of Soviet Medicine
JOINT PUBLICATIONS RESEARCH SERVICE ARLINGTON VA
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In l957 the State Medical Publications of the USSR published a commemorative volume devoted to Soviet accomplishments in public health from 1917 to l957. The authors of the report were less interested in describing scientific progress and the state of research than in showing what had been accomplished in the teaching, organization and scope of therapeutic or prophylactic medical treatment. This document, with its social approach and reliance on statistics, tables, and graphs, aimed at revealing Soviet achievements in the field of Public Health, is written without a polemical purpose, and considers the Soviet figures without implying any comparison with other countries, favorable or unfavorable. It has been impossible to give a digest of this remarcable book of 700 large format pages. We have therefore chosen a few chapters of more particular interest because of their novelty or originality, and give an account of them without comments. Presented even in this manner, we think these selected documents will give rise to reflections.
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