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I would like to thank a number of colleagues whose assistance and support throughout this project made the publication of this text possible:

Kim J. Davis, Michael Weitz, and Rachel Norton of McGraw Hill Professional, Jyoti Shaw of MPS Limited, and Susan Oldenburg of McGraw Hill Professional, who collectively facilitated the overall production of this book. Their professionalism in all interactions made it a pleasure to work with them.

Jillian Morgan, who I have worked with for many years in her role as the outstanding Managing Editor of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine and applied those same invaluable skills in overseeing the administration of this textbook.

Robert B. Wallace, who served as Associate Editor for this text and first approached me about serving as Editor for this edition, which I deeply appreciate. As a widely respected and highly regarded scholar of preventive medicine and public health, Bob provided indispensable guidance and sage counsel throughout the entire process.

The section editors and chapter contributors who graciously donated their time and expertise as thought leaders in preventive medicine and public health.

And, finally, to John M. Last, who as an iconic figure in preventive medicine, public health, and epidemiology, served as lead editor of the 11th, 12th, and 13th editions and editor emeritus of the 14th and 15th editions of this text. John wrote the foreword for the 16th edition before his passing in fall 2019, building upon a legacy with this text perhaps matched only by Milton Rosenau as befits the title, Maxcy-Rosenau-Last Public Health & Preventive Medicine.

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