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Lead-A 19th-C. Public Health Issue

The June 1879 issue of The Phrenological Journal and Life Illustrated contains the following brief notice: Already in the 19th century we had a sense that lead was a health hazard, particularly in water pipes. Given our on-going problems with lead in our drinking water, Santayana’s aphorism — “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to […]

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Universal Vaccination is a Perennial Struggle

The Shot@Life Campaign is the latest effort to vaccinate less fortunate children in developing countries. Part of the United Nations Foundation, Shot@Life hopes to expand access to vaccines by drawing on “the American public, members of Congress, and civil society partners.” While the Shot@Life seems to result from improved, modern public health, universal vaccination especially […]