Book and Media Reviews Section Editor: John L. Zeller, MD, PhD, Fishbein Fellow, JAMA.
The cities of our urban world differ substantially from those of 100 years ago. At that time, cities were repeatedly struck by infectious diseases; sanitation and clean water were only beginning to be addressed by large public infrastructure projects; and a majority of the population lived in substandard, unsafe housing. For too many people in the developing world, this reality continues. In more developed countries, while a precarious effort keeps issues under control, present threats include a lapsing public health system, new and reinvigorated infectious agents, natural and human-induced catastrophes, and chronic diseases.
Lopez R. Cities and the Health of the Public. JAMA. 2007;297(10):1131-1134. doi:10.1001/jama.297.10.1132-a