The Dimensions Of Public Health

It would be useful to explore the concepts contained in the four terms that are commonly used to describe different aspects of public health (Fig. 1.1) Prevention is better than cure is one of the prime messages of public health. It differentiates public health from the clinical disciplines that are primarily involved with the care of the sick, whilst public health emphasizes the avoidance of illness. Prevention was initially construed narrowly in terms of protective measures like vaccination...

Concepts In Public Health And Preventive Medicine

The dimensions of public health The tropical environment Modern public health The ecological approach to public health Key public health functions References and further reading When this textbook was first published in 1973, it was designed to fill a gap in the medical literature. It directed attention to the special problems of disease prevention in the tropics and it emphasized major health problems peculiar to the tropics with particular reference to parasitic infections and other...