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Contending that hidden political beliefs and value-laden arguments shape disease-prevention policy debates and determine their outcomes, Professor Tesh (who teaches in the department of political science and in the School of Public Health at Yale) invokes what she terms "postmodern" philosophy in positing a dialectical relationship between fact and value. Open and critical examination of values, she believes, will produce enlightened public health policies that transcend the existing unwholesome alliance between individualism and science and establish the ascendancy of egalitarianism, justice, and democracy.
Tesh demonstrates this thesis through her examination of ". . . three principle topics: the influence of
Hidden Arguments: Political Ideology and Disease Prevention Policy. Ann Intern Med. 1988;109:766. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-109-9-766_1
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1988;109(9):766.
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