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The Complementarity of Public Health and Medicine — Achieving “the Highest Attainable Standard of Health”

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  • David J. Hunter, M.B., B.S., Sc.D.

The approaches and achievements of public health and clinical medicine are often framed as dichotomies — “prevention versus cure” or “individual versus population health.” But the two fields are complementary, as their practitioners are increasingly recognizing.

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The series editors are Barry Bloom, Ph.D., Debra Malina, Ph.D., Stephen Morrissey, Ph.D., and Genevra Pittman, M.A.

Author Affiliations

From the Nuffield Department of Population Health, University of Oxford, Oxford, UK; and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Boston.

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