Stephen Isaacs

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Where the Public Good Prevailed

Many Americans know, all too well, what is wrong with health care. Ask the single mother who waits half a day in a crowded clinic for a five-minute visit with a harried physician, or the unemployed worker who has been downsized out of his job and his health insurance. Their experience tells a devastating tale about our system's shortcomings. But there is another, equally important story that concerns the problems we don't see anymore--at least not in the numbers of the past: young victims of polio, mumps, and measles; preschoolers with neurological problems caused by lead poisoning; people in the prime of life dying prematurely from tuberculosis and influenza; hordes of patients with rotting teeth. While we need to address persistent inequities, we also need to understand the basis of victories in public health--not just to keep up our hopes, but to learn how research, advocacy, public discussion, and policy fit together in successful campaigns for change. Getting the Lead Out...