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Silent Victories: The History and Practice of Public Health in Twentieth Century America

John W. Ward and Christian Warren

Abstract

Americans' health improved dramatically over the 20th century. Public health programs for disease and injury prevention were responsible for much of this advance. Over the century, America's public health system grew dramatically in scientific expertise and political authority. As the disease burden of the old scourges of infection, infant mortality, and dietary deficiencies began to lift, public health's mandate expanded to take on new health threats, such as those resulting from a changing workplace, the rise of the automobile and chronic conditions caused by smoking, diet, and other lifesty ... More

Keywords: public health, 20th century, cardiovascular disease, epidemics, family planning, fluoridation, infant mortality, immunization, maternal mortality nutrition, occupational health, smoking

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2006 Print ISBN-13: 9780195150698
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195150698.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

John W. Ward, editor
Center for Disease Control

Christian Warren, editor
New York Academy of Medicine

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PART I CONTROL OF INFECTIOUS DISEASES

1 Control of Infectious Diseases: A Twentieth-Century Public Health Achievement

Alexandra m. levitt D. peter drotman Stephen ostroff

PART II CONTROL OF DISEASE THROUGH VACCINATION

PART III MATERNAL AND INFANT HEALTH

PART IV NUTRITION

PART V OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH

PART VI FAMILY PLANNING

PART VII ORAL AND DENTAL HEALTH: FLUORIDATION

PART VIII VEHICULAR SAFETY

PART IX CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASE

18 Heart Disease and Stroke Mortality in the Twentieth Century

Kurt j. greenlund Wayne h. giles Nora l. keenan Ann marie malarcher Zhi jie zheng Michele l. casper Gregory w. heath Janet b. croft

PART X TOBACCO AND DISEASE PREVENTION

20 Thank You for Not Smoking: The Public Health Response to Tobacco-Related Mortality in the United States

Michael p. eriksen Lawrence w. green Corinne g. husten Linda l. pederson Terry f. pechacek

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