Gro Harlem Brundtland, M.D., M.P.H.

former Director-General, World Health Organization

Geneva, Switzerland

Talk, Washington, D.C., 28 October 1998

"In historic terms the marriage between science and health is a relatively recent event. Not long ago superstition, magic and astrology were the only weapons our ancestors had to fight diseases and epidemics that haunted the world. They were seen as divine punishments or unfavorable influence of the heavenly bodies."

"We owe that marriage to the creators of modern bacteriology, epidemiology and therapeutics - to scientists such as Louis Pasteur, Robert Koch, John Snow, Alexander Fleming and Paul Erlich - and their discoveries that shaped modern medicine and public health policies. They helped rescue our civilization from the dark ages of the unknown - and the unknown had names such as plagues, cholera or syphilis."

David Satcher, M.D., Ph.D. 

former United States Surgeon General

Assistant Secretary for Health

Department of Health and Human Services

American Academy of Family Physicians, FP Report, January 1997

“When Dr. Satcher and his staff are faced with complex public health issues, they frequently ask, ‘Where is the handle on this Broad Street pump?’ ”



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