Bulletin of the World Health Organization

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March 2008 cover image

Surveys guide the public health builders

This photograph, taken by P. Palmer in Egypt in 1957, illustrates how in many places public health surveys were just beginning at that time. A careful census of population and of living conditions was deemed necessary if the planners were to set up services which could bring about improvement in the health of the people.

Egypt, 1957.
Photo: P. Palmer