Prescription for Justice - Lead Poisoning and Corporate Malfeasance (Part 1)

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Guest David Rosner, PhD, MPH, Ronald H. Lauterstein Professor of Sociomedical Sciences and Co-Director of the Center for the History & Ethics of Public Health at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health, member of the National Academy of Sciences' National Academy of Medicine, and author of many books on occupational disease, epidemics and public health, including Deceit and Denial - The Deadly Politics of Industrial Pollution and Lead Wars: The Politics of Science and the Fate of America's Children, (University of California Press/Milbank Fund, 2013), both with Gerald Markowitz. These episodes cover the history of lead poisoning, how industry covered up the dangers of lead in paint and gasoline in order to amass enormous profits, the role of historians in helping us to understand public health crises and in contributing to public health policies; the health, environmental, and economic consequences of lead poisoning in the United States and worldwide; the role of screening and the unfortunately limited role of treatment as one gets older; the differential effects of lead poisoning on the poor and on racial and ethnic minorities; litigation attempting to hold the lead paint industry accountable; and the need for greater public understanding of the problem in order to remove lead from the environment, the costs of which would bring a return on investment of at least 10:1 (and be, of course, the morally right thing to do)

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