Integrating public health and medicine

1.1.2 · Integrating public health and medicine

Public health refers to ‘all organised methods … to prevent disease, promote health, and prolong life among the population as a whole’ (1). It is responsible for many of the major improvements in the health of populations and individuals. Quarantine, which has been in use for hundreds of years, was a major advance in the control of communicable disease long before the idea of microbes was introduced. When John Snow removed the handle of the broad street pump, he showed the way to prevent waterborne disease and reduce outbreaks.

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