medical officer of health

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medical officer of health

Leigh, John (1812–1888), medical officer of health

Thomson, Robert Dundas (1810–1864), medical officer of health

Chalmers, Archibald Kerr (1856–1942), medical officer of health

Daley, Sir (William) Allen (1887–1969), medical officer of health

Menzies, Sir Frederick Norton Kay (1875–1949), medical officer of health

Newman, Sir George (1870–1948), medical officer of health

Russell, James Burn (1837–1904), medical officer of health

Kinloch, John Parlane (1885–1932), medical officer of health

M'Gonigle, George Cuthbert Mura (1889–1939), medical officer of health

Duncan, William Henry (1805–1863), physician and medical officer of health

The Medical Officer of Health in England and Wales, 1900–1974: watchdog or lapdog?

Reforming Health Service Delivery at District Level in Ghana: The Perspective of a District Medical Officer

Fifty years ago: ‘The medical officer of health and the small workplace’

Littlejohn, Sir Henry Duncan (1826–1914), medical officer of health and expert in forensic medicine

The Medical Officer of Health, the Social Worker, and the Problem Family, 1943 to 1968: The Case of Family Service Units

Professional strategies of Medical Officers of Health in the post‐war period – 2: ‘progressive realism’: the case of Dr R. J. Donaldson, MOH for Teesside, 1968–1974

Professional strategies of Medical Officers of Health in the post‐war period – 1: ‘innovative traditionalism’: the case of Dr Ian MacQueen, MOH for Aberdeen 1952–1974, a ‘bull‐dog’ with the ‘hide of a rhinoceros’


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Syn: local (public) health officer, commissioner of health. A physician trained in public health sciences and practice who is responsible for supervising the protection of the people's health in a locality such as a city or a municipality. An MOH requires special skills in epidemiology, environmental, behavioral, and other health-related sciences; public health law; administrative competence; and political savvy. This last quality is a sine qua non: many public health problems have complex political dimensions that engage advocacy groups, political pressure groups, and ambitious politicians in search of election-winning causes.

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology.

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