HSS 2321 Lecture Notes - Lecture 15: Universal Health Care, Smoking Cessation, Smallpox

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Healthy by law: the missed opportunity to use laws for public health. Himself: professor of law cross-appointed to medicine, curious towards science - did bachelors, masters, and phd, loved science but didn"t like doing it, so he went to law school, had an interest in wellbeing. Weak legal framework and we see the results. Blind spot the us has: canada has a similar blind spot to the aboriginal populations. Was illegal for them to vote and hire a lawyer. Decisions made to exclude from equal consideration in society. Partly due to advancement of medical technology. Somewhere along the way it became common to take a step back fro the god given law and create in its place secular law often in a democratic fashion. The ability to legislate for the masses became priority. Human beings have became legal things in themselves - we have rights and we can enforce them. Smallpox used to kill 1/3 of children.

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