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Overview

Why the almost daily announcements of new public health threats and proclamations of impending crises? Bennett and DiLorenzo begin by examining the public health bureaucracy, its preoccupation with expanding governmental programs, and its concern with political issues that too often have little to do with improving public health. Then they trace the evolution of the American public health movement from its founding after the Civil War to the 1950s. They describe the transformation of public health's focus from the eradication of disease to social policy as a by-product of the 1960s. Bennett and DiLorenzo include case studies of the politicization of the public health movement in America. The authors reveal methods of statistical manipulation that certain public health researchers use to achieve politically correct results. A final chapter discusses the implications of the transformation of public health from pathology to politics.

This vigorously argued analysis sees the public health movement as claiming expertise on virtually every social issue, from poverty to human rights. Students of public policy and public health officials, along with readers interested in public health issues, will find this absorbing reading.

About the Author:
James T. Bennett is professor of economics at George Mason University. He is the founder and editor of the Journal of Labor Research and author of many books including Homeland Security Scams, The Food and Drink Police (with Thomas J. DiLorenzo), and Tax-Funded Politics

About the Author:
Thomas J. DiLorenzo is research fellow at the Independent Institute and professor of economics at Loyola College in Maryland. He isco-author of Cancerscam, The Food and Drink Police, and Public Health Profiteering (all with James T. Bennett)

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Arguing through case studies that the law of diminishing returns applies to the nearly daily public health scares, the economist authors of (Transaction, 1999) trace the politicization of US public health. Bennett is at George Mason U.; DiLorenzo is at Loyola College. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780765800237
  • Publisher: Transaction Publishers
  • Publication date: 6/20/2000
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 160
  • Product dimensions: 6.31 (w) x 9.29 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

James T. Bennett is professor of economics at George Mason University. He is the founder and editor of the Journal of Labor Research and a prolific author.

Thomas J. DiLorenzo is professor of economics at the Sellinger School of Business and Management at Loyola College in Baltimore. He has co-authored many books and is widely published in academic journals as well as the popular press, including the Wall Street Journal and USA Today.

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Table of Contents


Introduction     1
History and Evolution of the American Public Health Movement     7
Birth of the "New Public Health"     21
The Radicalization of Public Health     35
Is the Second Amendment Hazardous to Public Health?     53
Can Tax-Funded Lobbying Cure Disease?     65
Nothing But Politics     77
Political "Science"     95
Pawns and Mascots     117
From Pathology to Politics     135
Notes     143
Index     153
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