Truth, Lies, and Public Health

Truth, Lies, and Public Health

How We Are Affected When Science and Politics Collide

Book - 2007
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Reveals how most often research findings have been misused, mininterpreted or misunderstood, resulting in flawed public health policy.
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.

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Finkel (clinical public health, Cornell U.) takes on the biases of both scientists and politicians as she describes their mutual efforts to spin the facts. She finds that politicizing science creates a slippery slope that can do more harm than good as ideologies get in the way of the public good. With this overriding concept in mind she and her co-authors describe exactly how slippery that slope has been in such concerns as contraception, the global IDS epidemic, medical marijuana, needle exchanges, tuberculosis control, dietary supplements, silicone breast implants, obesity, and disease prevention through vaccination. In each case Finkel gives both sides their due and describes what happened when they collided rather than cooperated to develop policies. Annotation ©2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Publisher: Westport, Conn. : Praeger, 2007
ISBN: 9780275991289
Characteristics: xx, 234 p. : ill. ; 25 cm

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