JOHN H. DINGLE, M.D.
Four general principles provide the theoretic basis for the prevention and control of any infectious disease, namely: (1) to eradicate the causative agent, (2) to destroy the reservoir of infection, (3) to break the chain of transmission, and (4) to increase the resistance of the human host. These principles have varying degrees of application and of effectiveness. Eradication of the causative agent may theoretically be an ideal procedure, yet it is not generally feasible. At the present time the principle can be applied only to a limited extent, such as the use of a sulfonamide drug in a restricted population
DINGLE JH. THE PREVENTION OF RESPIRATORY INFECTIONS WITHIN FAMILIES12. Ann Intern Med. ;43:518–525. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-43-3-518
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1955;43(3):518-525.
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