"Physicians as good citizens and because their professional training especially qualifies them to render this service should give advice concerning the public health of the community." So states chapter IV of the Principles of Medical Ethics of the American Medical Association. How can the physicians do their share in giving such advice? In the line of personal health the good physician has done it, all the time being aware that the original meaning of the word doctor is "teacher." In our days preventive medicine is gaining more and more ground. There will still be enough to do in the line of curative medicine—as the poor, the sick ones will always be with us. But preventive medicine has demonstrated that less sickness is possible, that diseases can be prevented, that life can be prolonged, that health for the millions can be improved. Interest in public health has enormously increased among the
GEBHARD B. COMMUNITY HEALTH EDUCATION BY THE MEDICAL PROFESSION: FROM MEDICINE SHOW TO HEALTH MUSEUM. JAMA. 1945;127(9):506–508. doi:10.1001/jama.1945.02860090012003
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