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Preventive medicine 

Preventive medicine
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Preventive medicine
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David Mant

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199204854.003.030301

May 31, 2012: This chapter has been re-evaluated and remains up-to-date. No changes have been necessary.

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date: 17 October 2017

Most deaths before age 80 years are preventable.

Deaths from infectious diseases and trauma usually reflect poverty and political instability. Prevention requires political action to reduce the risk of war and improve the supply of food, clean water, sanitation, and shelter. Preventive medicine can augment, but not replace, this action by controlling spread of infection through vaccination, health education, control of insect vectors, and treatment of disease carriers to prevent onward transmission....

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