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  •  Public health is not clinical medicine (1+ / 0-)
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    Of course, If Dr. Benjamin had made such a comment, it would be correct. I'm not sure if there's a law, but the history of the position is that an MD must hold it.

    Dr. Benjamin is clearly and highly qualified, given the organization and policy issues she has dealt with in her particular practice. And I'm another Alabaman glad to see some good publicity for the state. I honestly have no complaints about her nomination.

    Still ... the job is supposed to be public health advocate in chief, not personal physician in chief. It wouldn't bother me a bit if we changed the title and considered any top public health professional for the position.

    For example, let's say we could just snap our fingers and get universal access today. Alas, people would not magically stop engaging in unhealthful behaviors.  You can lead a horse to water and all.

    That's exactly why we have behavioral scientists in public health. Why should they be considered incompetent to serve as an administration's primary advocate for public health?

    _Karl Rove is an outside agitator._

    by susanala on Wed Jul 15, 2009 at 06:03:08 AM PDT

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    •  excellent points! (0+ / 0-)

      Dr G Benjamin lays out what is needed, and I would  not qualify despite having an MD and some practice as a communicator. Public health is not clinicial medicine.

      "Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedies." - Groucho Marx

      by Greg Dworkin on Wed Jul 15, 2009 at 07:58:59 AM PDT

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