A History of Public Health

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JHU Press, 1993 - Medical - 535 pages
Since its publication in 1958, George Rosen's classic treatise has remained the only comprehensive international account of the history of public health. Long available only through antiquarian bookstores, A History of Public Health now returns to print in a paperback edition that supplements the original text with Elizabeth Fee's new introduction and Edward T. Morman's biographical essay and bibliography. George Rosen discusses the evolution of public health in classical Greece, imperial Rome, England, France, Spain, Italy, Germany, the United States, and other countries. He also presents the lives and history-making contributions of the great figures in public health. Approaching the subject from a broad point of view, Rosen considers community health problems of different periods in terms of their political, social, and economic patterns. Among the topics discussed are the prevalence of disease, the water supply and sewage disposal, epidemiological theory, maternal and child health, nutrition, occupational health, health education, public health administration, communicable disease control, medical care, statistics, public policy, and medical geography. A new introduction by Elizabeth Fee places the work in the context of both the earlier and later historiography of public health. Fee identifies Rosen's agenda in relation to trends in medical history and the politics of public health in the 1950s. She also assesses the impact of Rosen's book and identifies new problems in public health that have arisen since its first publication.
 

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George Rosen wrote this book, originally published in 1958, about the progress that humanity has made in this field. He was optimistic about the progress made with antibiotics and vaccines. He saw ... Read full review

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At the time of its first publication in 1958, this book filled an absolute vacuum. No other book on the history of public health was at once so comprehensive, so accessible and so informative. The ... Read full review

Contents

GEORGE ROSEN PUBLIC HEALTH
lxix
by Edward T Morman Ixix
lxxxvi
HEALTH AND THE COMMUNITY IN
6
Endemic
24
PUBLIC HEALTH IN THE MIDDLE AGES
26
The Decline of Rome 26 The Middle Ages 27 The Growth
48
Brave New Worlds 57 Causes and Consequences 58
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Small Pox 74 Malaria and other Diseases 76 Contagion
85
The Sanitary Condition of the People 187 The Health
196
the Nineteenth Century 209 A Bookseller Turns Crusader
216
National Unification and Health Reform in Germany 229
229
Epidemiological Conundrum 263 First Steps toward
266
Ferments and Microbes 277 The Silkworm Disease and
291
Bacteriology and the Public Health 295 The Vanishing
312
Economic and Social Trends in a Changing Society 320
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Voluntary Action for Health 358 Teaching the People about
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Toward a National Health Policy 90 The Town and
105
The Campaign Against Gin 114 A Slaughter of Innocents
115
Improvement of Town Life 127 Health in National Policy
136
the Rights of Man 143 A Parochial Health Policy 146
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Philosophic Radicals 174 Enter Mr Chadwick 175
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