Dating to the 1700s and earlier the roots of public health had been the noblest of endeavors, doctors and engineers collaborating for smarter hygiene and infrastructure. Up through World War II the emerging discipline(s) was primarily empirical and logistical in nature, saving countless lives.

Mission Creep – The Ivy Exile (

But then they diverged … here is the TL;DR summary – but do read that entire column:

  • Everything was redefined as a public health problem
  • Technocrats imposing technocratic solutions could solve any problem
  • Ideology crept in
  • Any problems in public health solutons are because the public is dumb and does not comply.
  • Public health is always right and the peons have no right to question them

That’s about it.

By EdwardM

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