Archive | September, 2016

Science and Law: Addington v. Texas: When can mentally ill people be committed against their will?

September 14, 2016

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ADDINGTON v. TEXAS 441 U.S. 418 (1979) The mentally ill are a controversial group in U.S. public health. Some believe they need to be committed to prevent them from harming themselves or others, but that also leads to the risk of erroneously committing people who do not require it, a serious infringement on individual liberty. […]

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Trump-Pence would be disastrous for U.S. public health.

September 14, 2016

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  Joseph Lachman, 9/13/2016 The Trump-Pence ticket is a threat to the health to everyone living in the U.S., and perhaps the world. Their policy proposals and stances regarding crucial public health issues are at best naive, and at worst, completely wrong. We’re not going to waste time here arguing about a lot of the […]

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Science and Law: Wong Wai v. Williamson: Why racism makes bad public health policy

September 11, 2016

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WONG WAI v. WILLIAMSON 103 F. 1 (C.C.N.D. Cal. 1900) The case of Wong Wai in San Francisco presents an interesting opportunity to understand how public health policy can go wrong when it is based on fear and prejudice rather than research and evidence. Historical Background In the late 19th century, the California Gold Rush […]

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Why we shouldn’t allow Mike Pence to decide public health policy

September 9, 2016

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Gov. Mike Pence, R-Ind. (Photo: Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call/Newscom) By Joseph Lachman, 9/9/2016 Mike Pence is the current Republican Vice Presidential Candidate, and also himself a threat to U.S. public health. Why? He allows his moral idealism to prevent him from implementing effective public health policy, resulting in many unnecessary cases of illness as well […]

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