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

ISBN-10: 0195150694

ISBN-13: 9780195150698

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Americans' health improved dramatically over the twentieth century. Most of this improvement resulted from the contributions of public health sciences and institutions to progressively challenge an increasing array of health problems. As old scourges of infection, perinatal mortality, and dietary deficiencies were conquered, public health's mandate expanded to take on new health threats of a changing workplace, the rise of the automobile, and chronic and complex conditions resultingfrom smoking, lifestyle, and other factors. Public health action often involved controversies and recriminations over past failures. In contrast, public healths many successes, even the imperfect ones, become part of the fabric of everyday life, a fact already apparent early in the last century,when C. E.A. Winslow reminded his peers that the lives saved and healthy years extended were the silent victories of public health.Silent Victories takes a unique approach in its exploration of ten major public health issues addressed in the 20th Century: for each issue, leading scientists in the field trace the discoveries, practices and programs that reduced morbidity and mortality from disease and injury, and an accompanying chapter by an academic historian or social scientist highlights key moments or conflicts that shaped public health action on that issue. The book concludes with a look toward the challengespublic health must face in the future. Together, the authors reveal the lessons of history to students, health professionals and the public seeking to understand how public health advanced the country's health in the 20th century and challenges to protecting health in the future.
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Book details

List price: $58.00
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 11/16/2006
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 512
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.00" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.870
Language: English

Contributors
Control of Infectious Diseases
Control of Infectious Diseases: A Twentieth-Century Public Health Achievement
Advances in Food Safety to Prevent Foodborne Diseases in the United States
A Brief Romance with Magic Bullets: Rene Dubos at the Dawn of the Antibiotic Era
Control of Disease Through Vaccination
A Shot at Protection: Immunizations Against Infectious Disease
Polio Can Be Conquered: Science and Health Propaganda in the United States from Polio Polly to Jonas Salk
Maternal and Infant Health
Safe Mothers, Healthy Babies: Reproductive Health in the Twentieth Century
Saving Babies and Mothers: Pioneering Efforts to Decrease Infant and Maternal Mortality
Nutrition
The Impact of Improved Nutrition on Disease Prevention
The More Things Change: A Historical Perspective on the Debate over Vitamin Advertising in the United States
Occupational Health
Safer, Healthier Workers: Advances in Occupational Disease and Injury Prevention
A Prejudice Which May Cloud the Mentality: The Making of Objectivity in Early Twentieth-Century Occupational Health
Family Planning
Family Planning: A Century of Change
Teaching Birth Control on Tobacco Road and Mill Village Alley: Race, Class, and Birth Control in Public Health
Oral and Dental Health: Fluoridation
Changing the Face of America: Water Fluoridation and Oral Health
The Task Is a Political One: The Promotion of Fluoridation
Vehicular Safety
Drivers, Wheels, and Roads: Motor Vehicle Safety in the Twentieth Century
The Nut Behind the Wheel: Shifting Responsibilities for Traffic Safety Since 1895
Cardiovascular Disease
Heart Disease and Stroke Mortality in the Twentieth Century
Dietary Policy, Controversy and Proof: Doing Something versus Waiting for the Definitive Evidence
Tobacco and Disease Prevention
Thank You for Not Smoking: The Public Health Response to Tobacco-Related Mortality in the United States
The First Surgeon General's Report on Tobacco: Science and the State in the New Age of Chronic Disease
Epilogue: Public Health at the Dawn of the Twenty-First Century
Index
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