Preventive Medicine

preventive medicine, branch of medicine dealing with the prevention of disease and the maintenance of good health practices. Until recently preventive medicine was largely the domain of the U.S. Public Health Service or state and local health departments, but it has become an important consideration of health maintenance organizations, private practitioners, and other health care providers. Preventive medicine encompasses such activities as research into causes of disease; vaccination against those diseases for which the causes are known, e.g., poliomyelitis, influenza, and measles; studies of environmental deterrents to health; and instruction in public health and hygiene. See also eugenics.

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Selected full-text books and articles on this topic

Behavioral Medicine Approaches to Cardiovascular Disease Prevention
Kristina Orth-Gomér; Neil Schneiderman.
Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, 1996
The Epidemic Streets: Infectious Disease and the Rise of Preventive Medicine, 1856-1900
Anne Hardy.
Clarendon Press, 1993
Cultural Contingencies: Behavior Analytic Perspectives on Cultural Practices
P. A. Lamal.
Praeger Publishers, 1997
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 1 "Preventive Medicine and Cultural Contingencies: A Natural Experiment"
Rationing Medicine
Robert H. Blank.
Columbia University Press, 1988
Librarian’s tip: "Preventive Medicine and Life Style" begins on p. 34 and "Preventive v. Curative Medicine: Ideological Perspectives" begins on p. 121
Disease in the Popular American Press: The Case of Diphtheria, Typhoid Fever, and Syphilis, 1870-1920
Terra Ziporyn.
Greenwood Press, 1988
Librarian’s tip: "Preventive Medicine and Public Health" begins on p. 13
Healthy, Wealthy, or Wise? Issues in American Health Care Policy
Charles T. Stewart Jr.
M. E. Sharpe, 1995
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 11 "Prevention: Environmental and Behavioral Modification"
Collaborative Health Care: A Family-Oriented Model
Michael L. Glenn.
Praeger Publishers, 1987
Librarian’s tip: "Preventive Medicine" begins on p. 33
Medic: The Mission of An American Military Doctor in Occupied Japan and Wartorn Korea
Crawford F. Sams; Zabelle Zakarian.
M.E. Sharpe, 1998
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 8 "The Preventive Medicine Program, Part I: Controlling Wildfire Diseases," Chap. 9 "The Preventive Medicine Program, Part II: Environtal Sanitation and Viral Diseases," and Chap. 10 "The Preventive Medicine Program, Part III: Treatment and Preventi
Adaptation in Cultural Evolution: An Approach to Medical Anthropology
Alexander Alland Jr.
Columbia University Press, 1970
Librarian’s tip: "Preventive Medicine" begins on p. 128
Preventive Care Provisions, Other Benefits: Are They Described in Plan Documents? It Is Not Very Common for Preventive Care Provisions, Such as Cancer Screening Tests, to Be Specifically Mentioned in Plan Documents; These Benefits Are Usually Covered under a More General Clause. (Preventive Care, Other Benefits)
Blostin, Allan P.
Monthly Labor Review, Vol. 125, No. 10, October 2002
Behavioral Factors Associated with Disease, Injury, and Death among Men: Evidence and Implications for Prevention
Courtenay, Will H.
The Journal of Men's Studies, Vol. 9, No. 1, Fall 2000
Promoting Human Wellness: New Frontiers for Research, Practice, and Policy
Margaret Schneider Jamner; Daniel Stokols.
University of California Press, 2000
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 15 "Pitfalls of Preventive Care in the Geriatric Population"
Preventing Coronary Heart Disease: Prospects, Policies, and Politics
Michael Calnan.
Routledge, 1991
Well-Being: Positive Development across the Life Course
Marc H. Bornstein; Lucy Davidson; Corey L. M. Keyes; Kristin A. Moore.
Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, 2003
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 5 "Preventive Health Care in Early Childhood and Through the Life Span"
National Health Insurance: What Now, What Later, What Never?
Mark V. Pauly.
American Enterprise Institute, 1980
Librarian’s tip: "Preventive Care, Care for Children, and National Health Insurance" begins on p. 137
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