WILSON G. SMILLIE, M.D.
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The text of this discussion—perhaps theorem is a better word—is that the internist of the next generation must concern himself primarily with the field of preventive medicine. This statement carries no implication that all physicians will soon be employed on Federal salary, or will be busy in the intricacies of public health administration.
Let us make a clear distinction between public health and preventive medicine. Public health is the obligation of the community to protect its members against the hazards of communal living, and to promote community-wide health. Thus public health is not a function of the internist, nor his
SMILLIE WG. THE RÔLE OF PREVENTIVE MEDICINE IN CLINICAL PRACTICE1. Ann Intern Med. ;28:826–832. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-28-4-826
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1948;28(4):826-832.
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