The Responsibility of Occupying the Front Line

Fabian, Nelson
January 2004
Journal of Environmental Health;Jan/Feb2004, Vol. 66 Issue 6, p86
Academic Journal
Good health, one of humanity's most cherished goals and the goal that drives the environmental health profession, can be achieved only in one of two ways. It seeks to maintain good health through effective prevention practices that individuals and communities undertake. It can often restore good health through the remedies offered by modern medicine. Public health and environmental health represent the front line of the community prevention effort. It is often the case that society sings the praises of modern medicine inasmuch as this last line of defense may gallantly come to the rescue and restore health once it is lost. When there is a threat from an affliction for which there is no cure, public health and environmental health not only constitute the front line of protection for health.


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