Truth, Lies, and Public Health: How We Are Affected When Science and Politics Collide

Truth, Lies, and Public Health: How We Are Affected When Science and Politics Collide

by Madelon L. Finkel
     
 

ISBN-10: 0275991288

ISBN-13: 9780275991289

Pub. Date: 08/30/2007

Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated

The politicalization of research findings has become prevalent over the past two decades. Politics often prevents the implementation of policy supported by irrefutable science. Most of us understand something about how this is happening with stem cell research, but Cornell's Madelon Finkel delves deep into the subject to make the issues clear, also revealing how

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The politicalization of research findings has become prevalent over the past two decades. Politics often prevents the implementation of policy supported by irrefutable science. Most of us understand something about how this is happening with stem cell research, but Cornell's Madelon Finkel delves deep into the subject to make the issues clear, also revealing how ideology and politics are distorting, diminishing and destroying scientific research results regarding topics from needle exchange, HIV/AIDS prevention and medical marijuana to antiobiotic use with animals later marketed for human consumption.

When ideology—whether it is the ideology of scientists and clinicians or of politicians—distorts scientific findings and public health judgment, public welfare is endangered, potentially affecting every person in our nation. Finkel also discusses how research is funded and how ideology has influenced that process. Numerous examples are given to illustrate the consequences of co-opting the scientific integrity of a program in this way.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780275991289
Publisher:
ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date:
08/30/2007
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.20(d)

Table of Contents


Preface     ix
Acknowledgments     xxi
About Politics and Science     1
The Politics of Contraception     13
The Global AIDS Epidemic: Could It Have Been Prevented?   Sandra Demars     31
The Stem Cell Controversy: Navigating a Sea of Ethics, Politics, and Science   Ryan Cauley     55
Marijuana as Medicine: Science versus Politics     71
The Quintessential Catch-22: The U.S. Approach to Needle Exchange in HIV AIDS Prevention   Ivan Ip, MPH     87
Bleak House and Beyond: How Tuberculosis Control Got Side-tracked     103
Science, Politics, and the Regulation of Dietary Supplements     113
Silicone Breast Implants: Misconceptions, Misinterpretations, and Mistakes     131
Obesity and Public Policy   Joanna M. Paladino     153
Disease Prevention through Vaccination: The Science and the Controversy   Tony Rosen, MPH     173
Notes     193
Index     219
About the Author and Contributors     233

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