Thursday, May 10, 2007

Politics, Parents, and Prophylaxis Podcast

Kudos to the New England Journal of Medicine for publishing this fascinating podcast interview with bioethics law professor R. Alta Charo on how cancer prevention (the HPV vaccine) has fallen victim to the culture wars. Dr. Charo describes how sexual politics are distorting public health concerns, the political landscape at the federal and state levels, and how this politicalization diverts us from vital ethical considerations such as the current high price for the vaccine and how to make sure it is available to all who might benefit (boys as well as girls.) Best 8:33 minutes you'll spend this week.

(Hat tip to Peggy Danziger for bringing it to our attention.)

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