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May 1946

A Future for Preventive Medicine.

Arch NeurPsych. 1946;55(5):558. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1946.02300160121010

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Abstract

In the third member of the series of monographs sponsored by the New York Academy of Medicine, Committee on Medicine and the Changing Order, Stieglitz writes a forceful and provocative essay on the changing emphases on preventive medicine. His view of the field is not confined to the activities of health agencies but reaches far into education, research and all the health-building efforts which he terms "constructive medicine."

The main theme of the essay is the need for changing the disproportionate attention, in the present modes of approach, given to the wholesale preventive measures directed against environmental threats. Individualized protection is needed at all ages, whereas at present its use is practically confined to obstetrics and pediatrics. More than one third of the book is taken up by a review, with charts, of the well known changes in vital statistics over the last forty years, the aging of the population

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