Tropical medicine & international health : TM & IH 2016 6 4() doi 10.1111/tmi.12733
In the health profession hierarchy, public health is a poor cousin of clinical medicine, regarded at best as worthy but dull, and at worst as lacking in intellectual merit – "it’s not brain surgery". The divide runs deep (Table 1), to the detriment of not only both disciplines, but also, more crucially, of people’s health. Specialization in clinical medicine risks leading to providing ever more complex care to an ever smaller numerator (patients), while public health evolves towards promoting interventions potentially benefiting an ever larger denominator (populations), but perhaps beyond the scope of the health sector.(Frieden, Foti et al. 2015) This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.