A Political and Literary Forum
Pulse oximeters give biased results for people with darker skin. The consequences could be serious.
For weeks the country enforced a strict lockdown without providing adequate medical and economic support.
Debraj Ray, S. Subramanian
American medicine has long functioned as an elitist institution, putting professional prestige over the well-being of patients and physicians alike.
Marco Ramos, Tess Lanzarotta, Iris Chandler
A recent abortion ruling asks whether abortion access laws may one day be judged on how they serve women's health.
The debate over pandemic response is not only about the facts—including the grim death toll. It's also about the relationship between science and decision-making, where values inevitably play a role.
The UK government’s ultra-cautious approach to “evidence-based” policy has helped cast doubt on public health interventions. The definition of good medical and public health practice must be urgently updated.
Nineteenth-century reformers understood the deep connections between public health and environmental protection. That's why struggles for Medicare for All and a Green New Deal are two sides of the same coin.
As policymakers debate the right response to COVID-19, they must take seriously the harms of pandemic policies, not just their benefits.
John P. A. Ioannidis
With few restrictions and no tracing of the disease’s spread, the government is relying upon Swedish character and traditions to see it through the pandemic.
Boston Review talks with Nobel Prize-winning economist Angus Deaton about COVID-19, the relationship between culture, financial hardship, and health, and why capitalism’s flaws are proving fatal for America’s working class.
Joshua Cohen, Angus Deaton
COVID-19 has revealed a contest between two competing philosophies of scientific knowledge. To manage the crisis, we must draw on both.
Any attempt to revive solidarity between rich and poor nations must begin by recapturing the commitment to social and economic rights on which the WHO was founded.
Michael Brenes, Michael Franczak
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