- Paperback: 224 pages
- Publisher: Rutgers University Press (February 1, 1988)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0813513154
- ISBN-13: 978-0813513157
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.5 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #944,481 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Hidden Arguments: Political Ideology and Disease Prevention Policy
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Ranging widely in public health theories of the last 200 years, present-day Cuban public health policies, the Agent Orange tragedy, and the air controllers' strike of the early 1980s, Tesh (Yale) spells out the unstated political assumptions of U.S. public health policy. She believes federal policy focuses on change in individual behavior and lifestyle rather than change in the social structure and national economy. She is critical of this country's reliance on individualistic values, which makes government regulation suspect in fighting disease and poor health and makes the individual the "center of moral authority." An important, clearly argued analysis with national implications for medical issues such as AIDS and for sociopolitical problems such as handgun control. For informed readers and specialists. Jack Forman, Mesa Coll. Lib., San Diego
Copyright 1988 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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If you are using for a class you are much better off buying the paperback version
If you like to read pompously written leftist doublespeak, this is a book that belongs in your library.
The examples mentioned include tobacco and smoking. For example, Australians (such as me) regard smoking as the cause of much disease. Therefore as a nation we are doing better and better in controlling smoking. However we are vulnerable to pressures to introduce smoke free tobacco, and to the lobbying from tobacco growers because of the focus on smoking - rather than tobacco as the number one cause of death.
Examples from Cuba demonstrate how even in a socialist society, individualism has dominated views on causes of disease. Individualism determines how most countires go about protecting people from disease. Individualism will fail to prevent disease when causes are overwhelmingly social.
A better understanding of how political ideology guides understandings of disease causation will lead to more effective disease prevention policy. Read this book to improve your understanding!