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Richard A. Goodman, Richard E. Hoffman, Wilfredo Lopez, Gene W. Matthews, Mark Rothstein, and Karen Foster

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780195301489

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195301489.001.0001

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Perspective: Law and Great Public Health Achievements

Perspective: Law and Great Public Health Achievements

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(p.3) Perspective: Law and Great Public Health Achievements
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Law in Public Health Practice
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Anthony D. Moulton

Richard A. Goodman

Wendy E. Parmet

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195301489.003.0099

The perspective presented in this chapter illuminates the central role of law in contemporary public health; distills important themes from the practice of public health law; and projects the heightened role law is likely to play in public health practice in the coming decades. It begins with an overview of the contributions of law to selected public health advances in the United States during the 20th century by examining three of ten such achievements identified by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). It then comments on foundational powers and five themes in law and public health that emerge from that history. It concludes with an examination of factors that could strengthen the role of law as a tool for improving the health of the public during the 21st century.

Keywords:   public health practice, law, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, CDC, role of law

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