History of Health Determinants

  • Bruce R. Schatz
  • Richard B. BerlinJr.
Part of the Health Informatics book series (HI)


From ancient times, health, public health and medicine have been intertwined, becoming more closely, and then more distantly associated. Rene Dubos in Mirage of Health asserted that, “freedom from disease and from struggle is almost incompatible with the process of living.”71 He felt that there is a dynamic process of adaptation; that every living organism is constantly changing to meet its environment; neither science nor technology can alter this entangling relationship.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Bruce R. Schatz
    • 1
  • Richard B. BerlinJr.
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Medical Information Science, Department of Computer ScienceUniversity of Illinois at Urbana-ChampaignUrbanaUSA

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