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The objectives of preventive medicine

Geoffrey Rose

in Rose's Strategy of Preventive Medicine

Published in print January 2008 | ISBN: 9780192630971
Published online September 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780191723551 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780192630971.003.0001
The objectives of preventive medicine

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This chapter examines the scope and reasons for preventive medicine. It argues that the knowledge that we already possess is sufficient, if put into practice, to achieve great health gains for all and to reduce our scandalous international and national inequalities in health. Factors that impede its translation into action include widespread ignorance and lack of understanding of the issues and possibilities, and the deliberate opposition of powerful vested interests.

Keywords: inequalities; preventive medicine; disease prevention; knowledge; health gains

Chapter.  1624 words. 

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology

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