Journal of Community Health

, 36:1057 | Cite as

James Colgrove: Epidemic City. The Politics of Public Health in New York

Russell Sage Foundation, New York, New York, 2011, 343 pp, soft cover, Illustrated, $22.76
  • Pascal James Imperato
Book Review

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...


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© Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2011

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Public HealthDownstate Medical Center, State University of New YorkBrooklynUSA

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