In 1962, the National Association of Sanitarians (NAS) published The Sanitarian’s Desk Reference. It had nine sections made up of reprints from The Sanitarian, the NAS journal (later to become the Journal of Environmental Health). The sections covered the basics of the profession and included general environmental health, food, milk, institutions, housing, solid waste, water—wastewater and plumbing, vectors, and veterinary public health. It also had a section on current published resources of value to the field sanitarian.
The Sanitarian’s Desk Reference was found in almost every health department and was used extensively to document reports and prepare letters of abatement and other official regulatory actions. It was also used by individuals studying for the sanitarian registration examination. The authors represented in this desk reference read like a who’s who of environmental health. Only one issue of the desk reference was published.