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Preface The photographic exhibit. I mages from the History of the Public Health Service, consists of 165 photographs depicting people involved in the work of the Public Health Service (PHS) over much of its long history. For the most part they are fleeting images frozen in time by the lens of the camera, but they are symbolic of much more -the spirit of a...
Preface The photographic exhibit. I mages from the History of the Public Health Service, consists of 165 photographs depicting people involved in the work of the Public Health Service (PHS) over much of its long history. For the most part they are fleeting images frozen in time by the lens of the camera, but they are symbolic of much more -the spirit of a Federal agency whose mission focuses on care and service. The challenge of this exhibit was to capture through photographic images the rich texture of nearly 200 years of PHS history, the sense of excitement and discovery as well as dedication to service and duty in safeguarding the nations health that inspired those who served and continue to serve in the PHS. We knew that our effort could not be comprehensive -only selective of some of the highlights of PHS history. We did not want an exhibit that was a mere chronology of events, famous people, and bureaucratic reorganizations. We wanted to capture some of the dynamism and excitement of the PHS which comes from its many missions and from the great variety of people who serve both in the Commissioned Corps and in the Civil Service. And so, we chose images which showed these people at work fulfilling their various missions. To preserve the richness of the history of the Public Health Service, the specific names and functions of the organizations mentioned in the captions are those in use when the images were created, not necessarily those in use today. Instead of an agency-by-agency approach, we chose six themes which describe in general the work of the PHS and the eight major agencies which make it up. The first theme of Disease Control and Prevention is one of the oldest functions of the PHS. Today it is primarily carried out by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry. Biomedical Research is (Typographical errors above are due to OCR software and don't occur in the book.)
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