James Colgrove: Epidemic City. The Politics of Public Health in New York
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The New York City Department of Health has long set the standards for public health practice in the United States. For decades, its health code has served as a model for numerous public health agencies both nationally and overseas. The challenges faced by this department have always been complex, requiring exceptional leadership and the implementation of solutions that texture scientific insights with public perceptions and political realities. The past 50 years, from the mid-1960s through the present, have presented an impressive array of diverse health issues. These have included West Nile Virus, tuberculosis, AIDS, substance abuse, smoking, homelessness, the impact of the attacks on the World Trade Center, environmental problems such as lead poisoning, and numerous morbidities affecting the City’s urban and immigrant populations.
In Epidemic City, James Colgrove, Associate Professor in the Center for the History and Ethics of Public Health at Columbia University’s Mailman School of...