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Are social determinants of health actually determinants?

There has obviously been a tremendous proliferation of research on what has long been labeled “social determinants of health.” The wording, however, is unfortunate. “Determinants” suggests determinism–a mechanistic set of influences that do not allow for the possible, for the … Continue reading

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Public Health: Responsibility to whom?

In clinical medicine, responsibility is to the individual patient. I have often thought that in public health, our responsibility is to the population–to the group, the collective, the strange amalgam of “society.” As somebody put it, “the responsibility of physicians … Continue reading

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Contagion as a teaching tool

I am planning on showing “Contagion” today in my undergraduate disease ecology class. As my previous blog entry indicated, i think that the concepts that are illustrated in this excellent film include: disease spread and its elementary math; routes of … Continue reading

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Assorted observations

The sun is setting on a warmish day in Seattle, and the fact that there was sun and that I can say “warmish” portends better weather ahead. Having just caught up on several issues of The Lancet, I reaffirm that … Continue reading

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US Mortality Rate at Historic Low

According to the National Center for Health Statistics, life expectancy in the US has reached an historic high, while mortality is now at an all time low. Mortality rates have decreased in each of the past 10 years. The age-adjusted … Continue reading

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