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Government-sponsored health care's success (in World War II)

Monday, April 21, 2014, 6:30 AM
In 1943, the United States government began paying for medical, nursing, and hospital maternity and infant care provided to the wives of enlisted men in the lowest four military pay grades. The Emergency Maternity and Infant Care Act, known as EMIC, funded the care of about 1-1/2 million women and infants... Read more

Visualizing Philadelphia's public health nurses at work: A century of photos

Wednesday, April 16, 2014, 6:30 AM
For more than a century, nurses have served as the cornerstone of public health efforts in this country. Most Americans at some point in their lives have had contact with a public health nurse. It’s hard to live for very long without meeting one. Remember the school nurse who made sure your vaccinations... Read more

Death certificates: classifying the dead to save the living

Wednesday, April 9, 2014, 6:30 AM
Why do we die? The question is existential, scientific, and spiritual at the very least. It’s also bureaucratic. Like voter registration cards and driver’s licenses, death certificates relegate the cause of our physical demise to a discrete category that becomes a single data point in... Read more

Ethicist Bernard Rollin: 'This Ain't Agriculture: How Industrial Agriculture Hurts Animals and the Public's Health'

Sunday, April 6, 2014, 6:30 AM
There are few issues in the public sector today that affect us all in the way that industrial animal agriculture does. We all eat, and almost all of the food we consume is produced by this system. Not only aren’t most of us aware of the nature of the system that provides us with our food sources... Read more

London bodies solve mystery of Black Death

Wednesday, April 2, 2014, 6:30 AM
On television, forensic scientists can solve the mystery of someone’s death in an hour. In reality, uncovering the facts can take a lot longer. As an anthropologist leading the investigation of some skeletons dug up in England last year put it: their discovery “solves a 660-year-old mystery... Read more

Still can't lose weight? There's always the tapeworm diet

Wednesday, March 26, 2014, 6:30 AM
Ahhh, the quest for the perfect weight loss diet—the one that lets you eat and shed pounds. With so many Americans obese or overweight, the marketplace is full of diet books and over-the-counter drugs. There’s the Paleo diet —eat meat like a cave man! And the Mediterranean diet ... Read more

The dilemma of prescription opioids: Shifting attitudes towards the pain patient

Wednesday, March 19, 2014, 5:30 AM
Shortly after a 48-hour bout of immobilizing back pain and a visit to the emergency room where he received Percocet, my husband went to his primary care doctor to discuss managing the continuing pain and numbness. What he encountered took him aback. Perhaps concerned about “drug-seeking behavior... Read more

Bet you never heard of the American Junior Red Cross

Monday, March 17, 2014, 10:53 AM
March is Red Cross month and Women’s History month—a perfect time to celebrate Red Cross founder Clara Barton, who began this organization in 1881 and served as its leader until 1904. Barton provided humanitarian aid to soldiers in the Civil War. During a visit to Europe she learned about... Read more

Examining lovesickness: DSM vs. Springsteen diagnostics

Tuesday, February 25, 2014, 6:30 AM
Last May the American Psychiatric Association released the 5th edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Psychiatric Disorders, known as DSM-V. Sometimes called the “Bible of Psychiatry,” the DSM-V provoked complaints about the diagnostic criteria it included, whether new diagnoses... Read more

Come join us at ‘Study Hall’!

Friday, February 21, 2014, 12:45 PM
Beginning Saturday night, Feb. 22, and then monthly for the next three months (March 22, April 26, May 24), the Philadelphia FringeArts Festival show Study Hall will be returning to the Adrienne Theater in Center City for an hour of history and improv. Study Hall, directed by Philadelphia Improv... Read more
About this blog

What is public health — and why does it matter?

Through prevention, education, and intervention, public health practitioners - epidemiologists, health policy experts, municipal workers, environmental health scientists - work to keep us healthy.

It’s not always easy. Michael Yudell, Jonathan Purtle, and other contributors tell you why.

Michael Yudell, PhD, MPH Associate Professor, Drexel University School of Public Health
Jonathan Purtle, DrPH, MPH Research Director, Drexel Center for Nonviolence and Social Justice
Janet Golden, PhD Professor of history, Rutgers University-Camden
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