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March 1956

The Prevention of Disease in Everyday Practice.

AMA Arch Ophthalmol. 1956;55(3):449-450. doi:10.1001/archopht.1956.00930030453026

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The practice, as well as the theory, of preventive medicine has in the past been largely collective. Preventive medicine has been practically synonymous with the term "public health" as it is used today. However, now that many of the public health problems, such as the obliteration of epidemics that once decimated whole communities, have been largely controlled, and now that disease processes which formerly took their toll of large numbers of persons have been relegated to history, it is time that physicians begin to pay more attention to preventive medicine on an individual basis, and to give thought not only how to treat persons with disease but how to prevent them from becoming diseased.

This book is a series of thirty-seven essays by forty-seven practitioners of medicine relating how the general practitioner may try to keep his patients free of certain disease processes. The prevention of disease, as it is

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