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PREVENTABLE DISEASES: THE SCOPE OF PUBLIC HEALTH

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The purpose of a department of public health is to put into effect for the benefit of all the people of a community the practical lessons of preventive medicine. The scope of public health work is chiefly determined by our knowledge of the causes of the preventable diseases. We do not know how to prevent all diseases. We do, however, know effective ways to prevent or to reduce the occurrence of at least a dozen varieties of disease.

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