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Essential Public Health Medicine

BMJ 1994; 309 doi: (Published 23 July 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;309:280
  1. Graham Bickler

    R J Donaldson, L J Donaldson, Kluwer, pounds sterling 40, pp 51420ISBN 0-7923-8826-7

    This would have been the second edition of Essential Community Medicine had the specialty in question not changed its name to public health medicine. In the 10 years since the “first edition” there have also been major changes in the National Health Service, so it seems reasonable to judge the book by its current relevance in a rapidly changing specialty and environment.

    In some ways it passes this test. It describes many theories, services, methods, and issues that public health practitioners work with. In particular, its reviews of health promotion, the organisation of the …

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