• Vol. 39 No. 10, 747–749
  • 15 October 2010

Preventive Psychiatry



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In medicine, measures that save the most lives and improved the quality of life of millions have largely been public health measures that in most instances, had been preventive measures. The most obvious examples are the infectious diseases which were – to use the cliché – the scourge of mankind a century ago and a number of which, by the end of the 20th century, have been brought under control or even eradicated, as with smallpox.

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