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August 8, 1953

The Epidemiology of Health.

JAMA. 1953;152(15):1491. doi:10.1001/jama.1953.03690150095030

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Epidemiology is an old discipline that has been associated, in the minds of physicians, with disease and its control. Epidemiology of health is a startling term to the casual reader, but the members of this symposium, referring to history, have shown that for centuries there has been an epidemiology of health as well as an epidemiology of disease. This positive concept expressed in the phrase "a healthy mind in a healthy body" and in the concept of health "as physical, emotional and spiritual well-being rather than mere absence of disease" has been a long-sought goal.

This volume records 15 papers that were the subject matter of the Eleventh Annual Eastern States Health Education Conference. The concept of a positive epidemiology of health is discussed by well-informed physicians in terms of its history and evolution and the way it is currently applied to health practice in the Army, in industry, in

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