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Health Divided

Public Health and Individual Medicine in the Making of the Modern American State

Daniel Sledge (author)

ISBN: 9780700624317

Publication Date: May 2017

Format: Paperback

Also available as: Hardback  

Explains why American health policy became divided into separate realms of public health and individual medicine and how this division shapes the contemporary landscape.

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The United States' health care system stands out for its strict division of policies dealing with public health and individual medicine. Seeking to explain how this division came to be, what alternative paths might have been taken, and how this shapes the contemporary landscape, Daniel Sledge offers nothing less than a reinterpretation of the making of modern American health policy in Health Divided.

The vision of those who built the institutions that became the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention was, we see here, far more expansive and innovative than has previously been realized–and it came surprisingly close to succeeding. Exploring the history behind its failure, and tracing the inextricable links between public health and national health policy, this book provides a valuable new perspective on the origins of America's disjointed health care system.
Illustrations 2 maps, 4 illustrations
Pages 304
Dimensions 229 x 152
Date Published 30 May 2017
Publisher University Press of Kansas
Subject/s Social services & welfare, criminology   Public health & preventive medicine  
Daniel Sledge is associate professor of political science at the University of Texas, Arlington.

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