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Parallel training in medicine and public health has created a schism that has resulted in divergent emphases: The emphasis of clinical medicine is on the study of mechanisms of disease and that of public health is the study of environmental and social influences on health and disease. For nearly two thirds of this book, Kerr White carefully traces the historic roots of the schism, which he argues has been to the detriment of the training of physicians and, as a consequence, to the public's health.
He traces the schism to the institutionalization of Pasteurian principles by medical schools after the
Healing the Schism: Epidemiology, Medicine, and the Public's Health. Ann Intern Med. 1992;117:702. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-117-8-702_2
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1992;117(8):702.
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