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[Comment] Offline: In defence of precision public health

Writing in the NEJM recently, Merlin Chowkwanyun, Ronald Bayer, and Sandro Galea questioned and then attacked the emerging concept of precision public health. They labelled the “precision medicine” movement a “bandwagon”. They drew attention to the way organisations, such as the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, had extended the idea of “precision” to public health. They suggested that precision public health could represent “an abandonment of our mission of enhancing population wellbeing”. The core of their criticism was that whereas public health starts with populations, the word “precision” implies a concern only with individuals.

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