Injury as a Field of Public Health: Achievements and Controversies

Posted: 17 Sep 2002

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Richard J. Bonnie

University of Virginia - School of Law

Bernard Guyer

Johns Hopkins University, Bloomberg School of Public Health

Abstract

The authors describe how the mission of public health has come to encompass the prevention and amelioration of injury. They also highlight the political and ethical challenges now confronting the field, including extension of the analytic tools of public health from unintentional to intentional injuries, integration of behavioral and environmental perspectives, understanding and managing risk-risk trade-offs, responding satisfactorily to charges of paternalism, and maintaining scientific credibility while advocating for controversial interventions.

Suggested Citation

Bonnie, Richard J. and Guyer, Bernard, Injury as a Field of Public Health: Achievements and Controversies. Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics, Vol. 30, No. 2. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=325660

Richard J. Bonnie (Contact Author)

University of Virginia - School of Law ( email )

580 Massie Road
Charlottesville, VA 22903
United States

Bernard Guyer

Johns Hopkins University, Bloomberg School of Public Health ( email )

615 North Wolfe Street
Baltimore, MD 21205
United States

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