chapter  10
From Pathology to Politics
ByJames T. Bennett, Thomas J. Dilorenzo
Pages 7

In The People vs Health, a "memoir" of the public health movement in general and the Harvard School of Public Health in particular, science writer Robin Marantz Henig celebrates the movement's transformation from pathology to politics. The public health establishment makes much of its past accomplishments, a half century or more ago, and justifiably so. And public health departments around the US continue to provide many valuable services, from disease inoculation to water quality control. During the 1980s the American Public Health Association (APHA) even actively supported the communist government of Nicaragua and continues to point to communist Cuba as a model of "enlightened" health care and education policy. For centuries, Americans have cherished their Second Amendment right to bear arms for personal protection, among other reasons. The denial of individual responsibility for one's own life and well-being has become the keystone of the public health movement.