Top 10 Public Health Achievements of the Century -- The United States, 1900-1999
1. Control of infectious disease;
2. Mass immunization campaigns;
4. Cardiovascular risk factors; and
5. Rational drug design.
-- Medical Editor, MedicineNet.com
During the 20th century, the health and life expectancy of persons residing in the United States improved dramatically. Since 1900, the average lifespan of persons in the United States has lengthened by greater than 30 years; 25 years of this gain are attributable to advances in public health. The U.S. government's statistical reporting publication, Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR), reviewed health achievements of the 20th century and profiled ten as listed below.
Many notable public health achievements have occurred during the
1900s, and other accomplishments could have been selected for the
list. The choices for topics for this list were based on the
opportunity for prevention and the impact on death, illness, and
disability in the United States and are not ranked by order of
importance. The list of achievements was developed to highlight the
contributions of public health and to describe the impact of these
contributions on the health and well being of persons in the United