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Healthy by law: The missed opportunity to use laws for public health

Attaran, Amir; Pang, Tikki; Whitworth, Judith; Oxman, Andrew D; McKee, Martin

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Health is the result of biological and social determinants; both are important. Nature dictates the laws for biological determinants; people create the laws for social determinants. Nature's laws are hard to discover and are eternal whether or not they suit humanity; people's laws are easily written and can be changed at anytime to suit humanity better. So why is it that the public health community, which expends much effort and expense probing natural laws, places negligible emphasis on...[Show more]

dc.contributor.authorAttaran, Amir
dc.contributor.authorPang, Tikki
dc.contributor.authorWhitworth, Judith
dc.contributor.authorOxman, Andrew D
dc.contributor.authorMcKee, Martin
dc.date.accessioned2015-12-10T22:58:30Z
dc.identifier.issn0140-6736
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/60885
dc.description.abstractHealth is the result of biological and social determinants; both are important. Nature dictates the laws for biological determinants; people create the laws for social determinants. Nature's laws are hard to discover and are eternal whether or not they suit humanity; people's laws are easily written and can be changed at anytime to suit humanity better. So why is it that the public health community, which expends much effort and expense probing natural laws, places negligible emphasis on collection, analysis, and making greater use of the world's public health laws?
dc.publisherLancet Publishing Group
dc.sourceLancet, The (UK edition)
dc.subjectKeywords: generic drug; Brazil; Denmark; Europe; fluoridation; food industry; health; health care; health care system; health insurance; health service; human; infant mortality; Latvia; law; postnatal care; prenatal care; priority journal; public health; review; tu
dc.titleHealthy by law: The missed opportunity to use laws for public health
dc.typeJournal article
local.description.notesImported from ARIES
local.identifier.citationvolume379
dc.date.issued2012
local.identifier.absfor111799 - Public Health and Health Services not elsewhere classified
local.identifier.ariespublicationf5625xPUB571
local.type.statusPublished Version
local.contributor.affiliationAttaran, Amir, University of Ottawa
local.contributor.affiliationPang, Tikki, World Health Organization
local.contributor.affiliationWhitworth, Judith, College of Medicine, Biology and Environment, ANU
local.contributor.affiliationOxman, Andrew D, Norwegian Knowledge Centre for the Health Services
local.contributor.affiliationMcKee, Martin, University of London
local.description.embargo2037-12-31
local.bibliographicCitation.issue9812
local.bibliographicCitation.startpage283
local.bibliographicCitation.lastpage285
local.identifier.doi10.1016/S0140-6736(11)60069-X
dc.date.updated2016-02-24T09:27:12Z
local.identifier.scopusID2-s2.0-84856100258
CollectionsANU Research Publications

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