Hippocrates to Harrison : Public Health introduction


HIPPOCRATES TO HARRISON


Introduction
Classical Works
Anaesthesia
Surgery
Anatomy
Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Internal Medicine
Pathology
Infection and Immunity
Neurology and Psychiatry
Public Health
Tropical Medicine
Therapeutics
Evolution and Genetics
Physiology
Authors A to Z
Who was Harrison?
Contacts











Public Health

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Ancient writers wrote extensively about the effect of the environment on health, and the mediaeval city authorities devised quarantine amongst other measures to contain plague. In its modern connotation of public health, which involves the state in the promotion of the health of the whole population, statistical measures of morbidity and mortality began with "political arithmetick" and the Bills of Mortality.

Doctors have been prominent social reformers since natural causes of disease supplanted the mediaeval belief that illness was a punishment for individual and collective sins.