The Contested Boundaries of American Public Health

The Contested Boundaries of American Public Health

by James Colgrove
     
 

ISBN-10: 0813543118

ISBN-13: 9780813543116

Pub. Date: 07/28/2008

Publisher: Rutgers University Press


The role of public health services in America is generally considered to be the reduction of illness, suffering, and death. But what exactly does this mean in practice? At different points in history, professionals in the field have addressed housing reform, education about sex and illegal drugs, hospital and clinic care, gun violence, and even bioterrorism. But…  See more details below

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The role of public health services in America is generally considered to be the reduction of illness, suffering, and death. But what exactly does this mean in practice? At different points in history, professionals in the field have addressed housing reform, education about sex and illegal drugs, hospital and clinic care, gun violence, and even bioterrorism. But there is no agreement about how far public health efforts should go in attempting to modify behaviors seen as lifestyle choices, or whether the field's mandate extends to intervening in broader social and economic conditions.

The authors of the thirteen essays in this book attempt to understand what are, and what should be, the field's chief goals and activities. Drawing on examples that include September 11th, Hurricane Katrina, the anthrax scare, and more, contributors examine the historical evolution of the profession and show how public health is changing in the context of natural and human-made disasters and the politics that surround them.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780813543116
Publisher:
Rutgers University Press
Publication date:
07/28/2008
Series:
Rutgers Series in Critical Issues in Health and Medicine
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents


Acknowledgments     vii
Introduction: The Contested Boundaries of Public and Population Health   James Colgrove   Gerald Markowitz   David Rosner     1
Public Health in a Free-Market Society     13
Public Health and Economics: Externalities, Rivalries, Excludability, and Politics   Sherry Glied     15
The Limits of Relying on Employers in an Intersectoral Public Health Partnership   Dennis P. Scanlon   Marianne M. Hillemeier     32
Speaking for the Public: The Ambivalent Quest of Twentieth-Century Public Health   Nancy Tomes     57
Contested Boundaries     83
Environmental Health as a Core Public Health Component   Phil Brown     85
Paternalism and Its Discontents: Motorcycle Helmet Laws, Libertarian Values, and Public Health   Marian Moser Jones   Ronald Bayer     110
Prevention Strategies and Public Health: Individual and Structural Prevention in Homelessness   William McAllister   Mary Clare Lennon   Isil Celimli     127
Dealing with Humpty Dumpty: Research, Practice, and the Ethics of Public Health Surveillance   Amy L. Fairchild     160
Health Production: A Common Framework to Unify Public Health and Medicine   Alvin R. Tarlov     176
Public Health in the Post-9/11 World     201
The Challenge of 9/11 to the Ideologies of Population and Public Health   David Rosner   Gerald Markowitz     203
Public Health Preparedness: Evolution or Revolution?   Nicole Lurie   Jeffrey Wasserman   Christopher D. Nelson     226
Blown Away: Health Care, Health Coverage, and Public Health after 9/11 and Katrina   Beatrix Hoffman     239
Conclusion. Public Health Takes on Gun Violence: A Dialogue on Contested Boundaries   Mark Rosenberg   Jeremy Travis     257
Contributors     281
Index     285

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