From Natural History of Disease to Vulnerability

Changing Concepts and Practices in Contemporary Public Health

Authored by: José Ricardo Ayres , Vera Paiva , Ivan França

Routledge Handbook of Global Public Health

Print publication date:  December  2010
Online publication date:  December  2010

Print ISBN: 9780415778480
eBook ISBN: 9780203832721
Adobe ISBN: 9781136838330

10.4324/9780203832721.ch10

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Abstract

A fundamental resource for public health intervention is its theory. Concepts are tools we use to respond to social needs, which demand that we possess knowledge to support our action. This knowledge is based on the material resources, the science and technologies available, as well as the political and ideological conditions, and ethical and moral values existing at a given place and time.

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