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January 15, 2019

Physicians’ Voices on Gun Violence and Other Important Public Health Issues

Author Affiliations
  • 1School of Public Health, Boston University, Boston, Massachusetts
JAMA. 2019;321(2):141-142. doi:10.1001/jama.2018.20754

Physicians have long lent their voices to issues of concern to the health of the public, many of which were politically and socially controversial at the time. Physician organizations were instrumental in formulating recommendations that led to policies around alcohol and driving. Such policies are normative in much of the world today, contributing to reductions in motor vehicle–related morbidity and mortality and resulting in one of the greatest public health triumphs of the 20th century.1 Physicians have been deeply involved in advocacy around tobacco control, resulting in comprehensive tobacco legislation that has contributed to substantial declines in tobacco-related morbidity and mortality over the past decades.1

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