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THE practice of preventive medicine is not an individual enterprise. Preventive medicine not only protects individual patients from acquiring disease but, of equal importance, sees to it that patients do not transmit their disease to the community at large. Complete health protection thus entails a dual responsibility which is more than one person or group can handle.
At this time of year, in many areas, the local public health agency appears before its elected governing body to justify proposed budgetry requests. On the average, a health officer asks for one to three dollars annually for each person residing in his assigned jurisdiction. In most cases, due to the return of federal and state tax monies through grants, only part of the funds requested comes from local taxes. This, of course, is not meant to imply a saving of local tax monies; in fact, such subsidies tend to increase the over-all
THE PREVENTION OF DISEASE. JAMA. 1958;166(1):54. doi:10.1001/jama.1958.02990010056012
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