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Thanks to public health efforts, you can expect to live 25 years longer today than people did 100 years ago

The fundamentals of public health go back as far as the ancient Greeks and Romans. The Romans built aqueducts as pipelines to keep water moving. Latrines were a standard part of public bathhouses in these ancient civilizations. It has been an accepted part of most cultures for centuries that sanitary conditions profoundly affect the health of the citizenry.

But it was really the work of John Snow who in 1854 traced the source of a cholera outbreak to a water pump in London that public health, as we know it today, was born. Since that time, great strides have been made in most parts of the world that allow people to live longer and enjoy their lives more by staying healthier. In fact, people in the United States can today expect to live 25 years longer than their grandparents did, thanks to the efforts of public health.