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September 7, 1984

Population-Based Medicine

Author Affiliations

Centers for Disease Control Atlanta

JAMA. 1984;252(9):1188. doi:10.1001/jama.1984.03350090064029

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This book contains 21 reports presented at a conference held in Bellagio, Italy, in November 1980, sponsored by the Rockefeller Foundation and the Institute of Medicine. The editors state that "population-based medicine treats the patient as central, but recognizes that the needs of the entire population... create(s) major differences in the needs of health care systems." These needs include the use of "valid scientific methods" (epidemiology) to rank the importance of problems, the employment of costeffectiveness, the analyses of different interventions, and the promotion of sound managerial techniques to implement the programs.

The essays are divided into five sections: (1) "Health of Populations," (2) "Epidemiology and Evaluation of Health Services," (3) "Numeracy in Medicine," (4) "Health Care Institutions: Education, Training and Organization," and (5) "Population-Based Medicine: Perspectives and Problems."

A problem inherent in a potpourri of this sort is that no one subject is covered in sufficient depth for the