Medicine and public health are closely interlinked. While new discoveries are made in the field of medicine every day, their implementation for the wellbeing of the masses represents a challenge. Several factors, social and economic, affect the direction and implementation of medical innovations. The present issue of IJMEDPH features a diverse array of articles covering the perception and implementation of the practice of medicine in the population.
Kulkarni et al. investigate the degree of coverage and factors influencing the decision to immunize children in an urban slum area of Mumbai, India. While heartening to know that overall coverage by immunization was about 88%, it provides interesting insight into the reasons why parents fail to get their children immunized. Read more. . .