Year: 1989 Source: Annual Review of Public Health, v.10, (1989), p.403-422 SIEC No: 19940851

This article reviews USA public health origins, summarizes work taking place in several disciplines regarding prevention strategies, & highlights promising approaches that may lead to concrete preventative measures. It notes that true prevention requires clear understanding of the etiology, pathogenesis, & natural progression of an illness, &, the abilities to identify at-risk populations, anticipate the effects of interventions, & intervene before signs of a disorder appear. (54 refs.)