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Practising Public HealthAn Eyewitness Account$
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John Ashton

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780198743170

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2020

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198743170.001.0001

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Roots and foundations

Roots and foundations

(p.3) Chapter 1 Roots and foundations
Practising Public Health

John Ashton

Oxford University Press

This chapter traces the roots of modern public health to its foundations in the early nineteenth century. By describing the impact of rapid urbanization on the health conditions of the labouring poor, it sets the scene for an account of the work of the early pioneers such as Edwin Chadwick nationally, John Snow in London, and William Henry Duncan in Liverpool. It identifies a series of themes to guide the work of public health practitioners into the twenty-first century. These themes recur throughout the book as public health challenges evolve and mutate, society changes, and science offers greater opportunities for effective intervention.

Keywords:   roots, modern public health, foundations, rapid urbanization, health conditions, labouring poor, early pioneers, advocacy, concerted action, effective intervention

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