Faculty Book: Gerald Markowitz
Gerald Markowitz and David Rosner
Lead Wars: The Politics of Science and the Fate of America’s Children
(University of California Press, 2013)
Lead Wars provides an incisive examination of lead poisoning during the past half-century. The authors chronicle the obstacles faced by public health workers in the conservative, probusiness, antiregulatory climate that set in during the Reagan years and highlight the quandaries public health agencies face today in terms of prevention strategies and chronic illness linked to low levels of toxic exposure. The authors use the opinion by Maryland’s Court of Appeals—which considered whether researchers at Johns Hopkins University’s prestigious Kennedy Krieger Institute (KKI) engaged in unethical research on 108 African-American children—as a springboard to ask fundamental questions about the practice and future of public health. Gerald Markowitz (Dist. Prof., John Jay) serves on the doctoral faculty in history and public health.
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Submitted on: APR 23, 2013