Public Health: New Pattern of Disease


At first glance, Dr. Howard D. Chope's new job as director of public health and welfare for California's San Mateo County looked like a snap. Public health traditionally has been concerned mainly with vaccinations and microbes—small problems in San Mateo. The water was good; the war-exploded population, 95% white, consisted mainly of well-educated, well-paid business and professional people. The women kept spotless kitchens and conscientiously took their well-scrubbed children to the pediatrician for inoculations. What was there for a public health officer to do?

Sky-High & Going Up. Plenty, decided Dr. Chope. He knew that most of San Mateo's residents...

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