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The importance of the past in public health

Scally, Gabriel; Womack, Justine


Gabriel Scally

Justine Womack


Study objective: To explore the role of history in public health and its relevance to current practice and professional development. Design: An analysis of the issues surrounding the poor attention paid to the history of public health by its current practitioners. Setting: The paper is written from the perspective of practitioners in the UK but has wide applicability. Main results: The paper makes the case that the current neglect of public health history is to the detriment of public health practice. Conclusions: There is a strong case for more attention to be paid to public health history in professional formation, development, and communication.


Scally, G., & Womack, J. (2004). The importance of the past in public health. Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, 58(9), 751-755.

Journal Article Type Review
Publication Date Sep 1, 2004
Journal Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health
Print ISSN 0143-005X
Publisher BMJ Publishing Group
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 58
Issue 9
Pages 751-755
Keywords history, public health, health economics, aged, England, concern for the severely ill, concern for the young
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