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What needs to be prevented?

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/9780192630971.003.0002
What needs to be prevented?

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This chapter argues that the clinical or high-risk approach to prevention has tended to concentrate attention on the conspicuous segment of disease and risk, seeking to understand and control it as though it were the whole of the problem and failing to recognize its integral links with the state of the population in general. Conversely, those taking the public health or environmentalist approach have often been suspicious of medicalization and doctors, and this has isolated them from mainstream medicine, from first-hand experience of illness and disease, and from relevant biological insights.

Keywords: disease; risk; preventive medicine; disease prevention; high-risk approach; medicalization

Chapter.  2805 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology

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