from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The science and practice of protecting and improving the health of a community, as by preventive medicine, health education, control of communicable diseases, application of sanitary measures, and monitoring of environmental hazards.

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  • n. The science and practice of community hygiene; includes preventive medicine, health education, sanitation and environmental safety.


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  • The Epidemic Intelligence Service EIS was the brainchild of a public health giant named Alexander Langmuir, who in 1951 convinced federal health officials that the country needed a team of medical doctors to conduct the first wave of investigation whenever new and disturbing disease patterns emerged.

    The Panic Virus

  • In incidents over the past several years, the organization has barred journalists identified as unsympathetic, kicked out parents who were perceived as being impertinent, and asked security to remove a public health official.

    The Panic Virus

  • A class-two designation meant that the site, according to the DEC, posed “a significant threat to the public health or environment” and that “action was required” to remediate the site.

    The Autoimmune Epidemic

  • The poor were perpetually under-immunized, either because of their lack of access to medical care, their suspicions about the motives of public health workers, or both.

    The Panic Virus

  • US public health officials will not accept any independent thinking or scientific investigation into vaccine-associated health problems that does not carry their imprimatur.

    The Panic Virus

  • Today, environmental legislation and regulations that guide the decisions we make about public health and the environment focus on managing current risk (how high a level of trichloroethylene or mercury can humans handle in their bloodstreams before falling ill?) rather than preventing future harm (how do we change manufacturing practices that emit toxic agents into the environment in the first place?)

    The Autoimmune Epidemic

  • They don't have their act together, says Curt Furberg, a professor of public health sciences at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem, N.C.

    Should Tylenol caplet recall scare consumers?

  • Some only see their health care provider when they're sick, and those with poor or no health insurance do not go at all, said Roshan Bastani, professor of public health and associate director of cancer prevention and control research at UCLA's Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center.

    Colon cancer deaths, new cases drop

  • By that time, the affliction Mary Leitao had created in response to what she viewed as mistreatment by medical authorities had been officially recognized as a potential public health crisis.

    The Panic Virus

  • In 1990, they formed MOSOP, the Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People, a peaceful resistance group under the leadership of a charismatic writer, businessman, TV producer, and environmental activist named Ken Saro-Wiwa.119 A brilliant public speaker, Ken traveled the world raising awareness about the little-known environmental and public health catastrophe that oil drilling had wreaked upon his homeland.



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