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September 28, 1957

THE MISSION OF PREVENTIVE MEDICINE

JAMA. 1957;165(4):343-344. doi:10.1001/jama.1957.02980220027008
Abstract

The specialist in public health must not be content to confine his interests to disease rate factors but must concern himself with the tremendous impact of an industrial environment on our entire population, almost half of which is employed. The techniques of studying environmental hazards have had rather extensive use in industry and have also been used to advantage in public health problems such as atmospheric and water pollution and new food additives. In addition, however, the public health specialist must recognize the need for studying the means of lowering mortality and morbidity from accidents in the home and on the highway. Problems of electromagnetic radiation, noise, and other physical health hazards promise to become increasingly important community problems.

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