THIS timely book shows in a graphic way, thoroughly well documented, how much man might improve his place in Nature and his immediate environment if the available knowledge could be utilised in concerted civic action. The coloured frontispiece contrasts an earthly Paradise in Oregon with man-made desert conditions at Shingkung, China, and the idea of the book is: “Which?” “Discovery is pushing forward in every direction as never before in the history of the world, and still it would seem that enough is already known to make living well-nigh ideal and the world almost a paradise, if only enough people knew.”Yet “probably not less than five hundred thousand valuable lives are sacrificed annually to the currents of preventable disease, along with the several billions of dollars' worth of foods and other property swept away by rats, insects, weeds, and fungi.” Unco-ordinated individual effort can do little; co-operative scientific control backed by goodwill offers our only hope of success. “Our education needs to be so organised that every citizen shall know enough to stop a breach the instant he sees it.”
Civic Etiology: A Text-book of Problems, Local and National, that can be Solved only by Civic Co-operation.
By Prof. Clifton F. Hodge Dr. Jean Dawson. Pp. viii + 381. (Boston and London: Ginn and Co., 1918.) Price 7s. net.
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T., J. Civic Etiology: A Text-book of Problems, Local and National, that can be Solved only by Civic Co-operation . Nature 102, 442 (1919). https://doi.org/10.1038/102442a0