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It is impossible to separate the rise of preventive medicine from the history of medicine generally. Most of our knowledge of public health has been derived from scientific medicine, although knowledge essential to public health work has come also from many related fields. Thus the history of the rise of preventive medicine, presented by Sir George Newman in the University of London Heath Clark Lectures, is a reflection of medical history generally. It begins with a discussion of folk lore, magic, custom and religion, considers next the rise of hygienic practices of the Egyptians and the ancient Hebrews, then the transition to Greece, the period of the Middle Ages, the Renaissance, the rise of anatomy, physiology, pathology and bacteriology, and finally the application of these discoveries to preventive practices. The ten chapters of the book therefore constitute ten significant lectures surveying the entire field of medicine. The book is written
The Rise of Preventive Medicine. JAMA. 1933;101(2):163. doi:10.1001/jama.1933.02740270067036
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