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Who needs health care?

BMJ 2005; 330 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.330.7503.1330-c (Published 02 June 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;330:1330

Health care may be an oxymoron

  1. Christopher M Buttery, professor of public health ([email protected])
  1. Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA 23298, USA

    EDITOR—Before decrying preventive medicine in her article “Who needs health care—the well or the sick?” Heath should have defined the term.1 The best of preventive medicine has saved more lives and reduced more suffering at far less cost than all medical interventions, whether in the shape of immunisation, improved sanitation, or better diet. Prevention is about …

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