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»The art of healing can ease many pains, but the art of preventing the onset of diseases is even more beautiful.«

Max von Pettenkofer (1818 – 1901)


The basic principle and importance of primary prevention in the context of medical practice is the fact that public health with all its disciplines – hygiene, social medicine, epidemiology – is a basic medical science, which aims to protect the health of individuals and the population. Health-beneficial habits have been known for ages and they testify to the fact that people have always felt the need to maintain and improve their health. Thousand years of experience give evidence of how some hygienic and anti-epidemic measures have been implemented.

The National institute of Public Health has a successful and long history. It was established to cover the needs arising housefrom health care, hygienic, social and other conditions at the beginning of the 20th century. As the successor of the City Institute of Hygiene and Disease Prevention, the Hygiene Centre and the Central Institute for Healthcare from the period between both World Wars, it has long history and tradition. I

The Institute exercises the national strategic policies in the field of preventive medicine and public health on the regional level.

The interaction of theory and praxis in public health care with the health condition of the population is preserved in its original form in infectious diseases. In recent years more and more activities are directed towards prevention of non-communicable chronic diseases, which include cardiovascular diseases, cancer and many others, which mainly affect the population in the developed world, which Slovenia is now part of. People acquire many unhealthy habits: working in a sitting position, physical inactivity, inappropriate diet, smoking, alcohol and drug abuse. An increasing number of different factors affect health: social and economic circumstances, new working technologies, information and communication revolution and the poisoning of the environment. Recently the definition of health has extended: a condition of complete physical, psychological and social well-being, which shows in the capability of constant adaptation to the environment. It is often necessary to adapt primary preventive scheme to current social and economic changes.

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Slovensko zdravniško društvo
Sekcija za preventivno medicino
Dunajska 162
1000 Ljubljana


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