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NONTHEMATIC / Vol. 26, No. 3 (Fall 1959)

In recent years, discussions of the economic problems of underdeveloped areas have been filled with repeated references to deficiencies in technical skills and to the need for foreign technical assistance. Restricted at first to political pronouncements. Congressional testimonies, and specialized literature, the topic has now spread into high-school debates, dinner speeches, and fireside chats.

Membership in the ruling party of a communist country is established through a selective process aimed at furnishing the power elite with persons combining a maximum of political skills with a maximum of devotion to the regime."

For at least a century there has been a trend throughout the world toward the social organization of health services. As the scope of medical and related services has widened with expanding knowledge, larger and larger segments of the total health field have been subjected to collective controls, mainly through actions of government."

In this anniversary year of Darwin's The Origin of the Species (1859), when the significance of evolution is being celebrated in the world of biology, the stimulus of the evolutionary theory outside the physical sciences also need to be recalled."

The modern notion of the science of society and of its subject matter derives from Greek philosophy, despite the formidable distance between the Greek quest for wisdom and the modern doctrine of technical knowledge and control. What the two have in common is an appeal to man's mind and a trust in it."

Estimates of future population are among the most important practical applications of demographic knowledge. Projections of population numbers to future dates are frequently made in Western countries, not because of an idle desire to peer into the future but for very practical purposes of planning social action.

Census Monograph Series, sponsored by the Social Science Research Council and the Bureau of the Census. New York: John Wiley. 1958. 448 pp.

Review of book by Walter Berns. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press. 1957. 264 pp.

Review of book by William G. McCollom. New York: Macmillan. 1957. ix & 254 pp.

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