Preventing Disease

Beyond the Rhetoric

  • Richard B. Goldbloom
  • Robert S. Lawrence

Part of the Frontiers of Primary Care book series (PRIMARY)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxx
  2. The Scientific Admissibility of Evidence on the Effectiveness of Preventive Interventions

  3. Analytic Principles in Assessing the Effectiveness of Clinical Preventive Services

  4. Perinatal Medicine

  5. Prevention in Childhood

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 27-27
    2. William Feldman
      Pages 29-32
    3. John W. Feightner
      Pages 43-51
  6. Societal Problems

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 53-53
    2. Sally S. Harris, Carl J. Caspersen, Gordon H. DeFriese, E. Harvey Estes
      Pages 55-70
    3. Thomas E. Kottke, Renaldo N. Battista, Gordon H. DeFriese, Milo L. Brekke
      Pages 71-83
    4. Claudia A. P. Carbonetto, Renaldo N. Battista, Jeannie Haggerty
      Pages 84-91
    5. Jonathan E. Fielding, Carolyn A. Williams
      Pages 94-100
    6. Charles R. Horsburgh Jr, John M. Douglas, F. Marc LaForce
      Pages 101-112
    7. Paul D. Stolley, Mary F. Morrison
      Pages 113-117
    8. John Feightner, Graham Worrall
      Pages 118-128
    9. M. Alfred Haynes
      Pages 129-136
    10. Jane McNamee, D. R. Offord
      Pages 137-149
    11. Christopher J. Patterson
      Pages 150-167
    12. Julia J. Hindmarsh, E. Harvey Estes Jr.
      Pages 186-193
  7. Skeletal and Dental Disorders

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 195-195
    2. George A. Gross
      Pages 204-211
    3. Karen V. Mann, William Wiese, Sylvie Stachenko
      Pages 212-230
    4. John C. Greene, Reginald Louie, Samuel J. Wycoff
      Pages 231-247
  8. Cancer

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 249-249
    2. Michael S. O’Malley, Suzanne W. Fletcher, Brenda Morrison
      Pages 251-264
    3. Brenda Morrison, Steven H. Woolf
      Pages 265-275
    4. Steven H. Woolf
      Pages 291-293
    5. Kevin K. Knight, Jonathan E. Fielding, Renaldo N. Battista
      Pages 295-306
    6. Joseph V. Selby, Gary D. Friedman
      Pages 307-318
    7. Steven H. Woolf
      Pages 319-323
  9. Eye and Ear Disorders

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 331-331
    2. Renaldo N. Battista, Patricia Huston, M. William L. Davis
      Pages 333-340
    3. Steven H. Woolf
      Pages 341-346
  10. Diabetes Mellitus

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 347-347
    2. Daniel E. Singer, Jeffrey H. Samet, Christopher M. Coley, David M. Nathan
      Pages 349-364
  11. Urinary Tract Disorders

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 365-365
    2. Steffie Woolhandler, Richard J. Pels, David H. Bor, David U. Himmelstein, Robert S. Lawrence
      Pages 367-374
    3. Richard J. Pels, David H. Bor, Steffie Woolhandler, David U. Himmelstein, Robert S. Lawrence
      Pages 375-381
  12. Cardiovascular Disease

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 383-383
    2. Lawrence H. Kushi, Thomas E. Kottke
      Pages 385-400

About this book


Preventing Disease, the offspring of an extraordinary collaboration between the U.S. and Canadian Preventive Services Task Forces, presents a meticulous and objective review of the published evidence on preventive measures. Examining such diverse and relevant topics as screening for endometrial cancer, exercise counselling for healthy adults, and the evidence for a causal relation between dietary lipids and coronary heart disease, this volume reflects the editors' shared conviction that recommendations for preventive action should rarely exceed what is well justified by the evidence. In the current period, characterized as the Second Public Health Revolution, the authors' hard-nosed approach leads them to ask the tough questions. Are preventive measures cost-saving? Does preventive screening actually lead to treatment in clinical practice? Does the treatment do more good than harm? To what extent does our desire to eliminate causes of serious disability, ill health and premature death cloud our objectivity? All concerned about preventive medicine, community health, and primary care will find valuable stimulation for thought and action in this book: the contributions have gone beyond the rhetoric.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Richard B. Goldbloom
    • 1
  • Robert S. Lawrence
    • 2
  1. 1.The Izaak Walton Killam Hospital for ChildrenDalhousie UniversityHalifax, Nova ScotiaCanada
  2. 2.The Cambridge HospitalHarvard Medical SchoolCambridgeUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag New York 1990
  • Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4612-7948-8
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4612-3280-3
  • Series Print ISSN 1431-3618
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