Revisiting Wilson and Jungner in the genomic age: a review of screening criteria over the past 40 years

Bull World Health Organ. 2008 Apr;86(4):317-9. doi: 10.2471/blt.07.050112.


Almost 40 years ago, WHO commissioned a report on screening from James Maxwell Glover Wilson, then Principal Medical Officer at the Ministry of Health in London, England, and Gunner Jungner, then Chief of the Clinical Chemistry Department of Sahlgren’s Hospital in Gothenburg, Sweden. The report1, published in 1968, was entitled: Principles and practice of screening for disease and it has since become a public health classic.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Genetic Testing / standards*
  • Genome, Human*
  • Health Policy*
  • Humans
  • Mass Screening / standards*
  • Public Health Practice