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preventive medicine,

branch of medicinemedicine,
the science and art of treating and preventing disease. History of Medicine
Ancient Times

Prehistoric skulls found in Europe and South America indicate that Neolithic man was already able to trephine, or remove disks of bone from, the skull
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 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 organizationshealth maintenance organization
(HMO), type of prepaid medical service in which members pay a monthly or yearly fee for all health care, including hospitalization. The term "health maintenance organization" was coined by a health policy analyst, Dr.
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, private practitioners, and other health care providers. Preventive medicine encompasses such activities as research into causes of disease; vaccinationvaccination,
means of producing immunity against pathogens, such as viruses and bacteria, by the introduction of live, killed, or altered antigens that stimulate the body to produce antibodies against more dangerous forms.
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 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 eugenicseugenics
, study of human genetics and of methods to improve the inherited characteristics, physical and mental, of the human race. Efforts to improve the human race through bettering housing facilities and other environmental conditions are known as euthenics.
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Ensuring that the program addresses requirements outlined in the Army Critical Task List (CTL) for Preventive Medicine Specialists and the Navy Job Duty Task Analysis (JDTA) for Preventive Medicine Technicians was a major consideration in developing the new curriculum.
Many women still struggle to pay for birth control while waiting for it to be recognized as essential preventive medicine.
I am here for the preventive medicine course because I may be going to my country's Army Medical School to teach, so it is going to be a valuable tool," said Korean Major Tackyu Hwang, an army orthopedic surgeon.
Another good source of information is the hearing conservation program on the US Army Center for Health Promotion and Preventive Medicine web site at: http://chppm-www.
But most foods are eaten in combination, which affects absorption and makes the index of limited value, says Carol Koprowski, assistant professor of preventive medicine at the USC Keck School of Medicine.
For now, men and their doctors shouldn't consider testosterone preventive medicine against age-related symptoms, says the panel's chair, Dan Blazer of Duke University in Durham, N.
The preventive medicine team explain what to look for, what to avoid and how to battle common pests such as flies, ticks, mosquitoes, spiders, rats and snakes.
In a supplement to the American Journal of Preventive Medicine (AJPM) Volume 23, #1S) the task force outlined its recommendations for preventing dental caries, oral and pharyngeal cancers and sports related craniofacial injuries.
You can also practice preventive medicine at home with Food and Drug Administration-approved medical self-tests that are available from several companies.
There were so many issues I wanted to take to African Americans, primarily the need for preventive medicine," says Dr.
The emphasis on preventive medicine is becoming more prevalent.
At the same time, they practice preventive medicine and educate the public.

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