Injury as a field of public health: Achievements and controversies

Richard J. Bonnie, Bernard Guyer

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The authors describe how the mission of public health has come to encompass the prevention and amelioration of injury. They also highlight the political and ethical challenges now confronting the field, including extension of the analytic tools of public health from unintentional to intentional injuries, integration of behavioral and environmental perspectives, understanding and managing risk-risk trade-offs, responding satisfactorily to charges of paternalism, and maintaining scientific credibility while advocating for controversial interventions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)267-280
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Law, Medicine and Ethics
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2002
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Issues, ethics and legal aspects
  • Health Policy


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