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May 29, 1972

Preventive Medicine: A New Biomedical Journal

JAMA. 1972;220(9):1237. doi:10.1001/jama.1972.03200090059011

Mid-April saw the advent of Preventive Medicine, a quarterly published under the auspices of the American Health Foundation and edited by Ernest L. Wynder, MD. In his introduction to the newcomer among medical journals, he states its basic goal to be "... directed towards the prevention of all unnecessary disease and disability...."1 To that end, the journal is expected especially to emphasize:

  • The identification of environmental causes of disease, perhaps most susceptible of accomplishment by means of epidemiological techniques.

  • Application of existing knowledge even though precise mechanisms of preventive action may be unknown.

  • Health motivation of individuals and of society at large as a means to prevent the many man-made causes of disability and death.

  • Enforcement of existing laws and regulations designed to protect the individual.

  • Population control.

  • Infectious diseases, especially new developments in immunization.

  • Prevention of mental illness.

  • Technological advances in