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Public Health

R. S. Downie and K. C. Calman

in Healthy Respect

Second edition

Published in print May 1994 | ISBN: 9780192624086
Published online September 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780191723728 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780192624086.003.0016
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There is an ethically important distinction between improving the health of the individual and that of the community. Particular issues arise, such as: vaccination, prevention, screening, and inequalities in health care. It is difficult to avoid a political dimension to public health issues and the question therefore arises as to the extent of legitimate medical intervention in political issues.

Keywords: community; vaccination; screening; prevention; inequalities

Chapter.  2494 words. 

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology

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