Prevention — realistic or not?

  • John Fry
  • Rae West
  • John P. Geyman


Prevention ideally is better than cure — but it is necessary to consider what is preventable and who should be receiving it. Any major improvements in health in the future are likely to be achieved through prevention rather than through more and better modern medical miracles.


Dental Caries Ventricular Septal Defect Preventive Care Family Practice Family Doctor 
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  • John Fry
  • Rae West
  • John P. Geyman

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