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January 26, 2000

Public HealthA Plague on Your Houses: How New York Was Burned Down and National Public Health Crumbled

Author Affiliations

Harriet S.MeyerMD, Contributing EditorJonathan D.EldredgeMLS, PhD, Journal Review EditorRobertHoganMD, adviser for new media


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by Deborah Wallace and Roderick Wallace, 222 pp, with illus, $30, ISBN 1-85984-858-3, New York, NY, Verso, New York, Association for Health Services Research, 202-223-2477, 1998.

JAMA. 2000;283(4):538-539. doi:10.1001/jama.283.4.538-JBK0126-2-1

Those who live and work far from New York City may be tempted to ignore this book, thinking it deals only with the problems of one large metropolitan area with unique circumstances that don't affect the places where most Americans live and work. As the title indicates, this book is an attempt to convince readers otherwise. It takes a very broad view of public health, connecting neglect and withdrawal of services from poor urban communities with epidemics of tuberculosis, AIDS, substance abuse, and violence.

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