Public Health Index

My articles relating to public health, including vaccination and gun violence.

Daniel Goldman
Feb 26, 2019 · 4 min read
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Epidemiology is a complex study, involving not only the pathogens themselves, but also the people who get sick. Human behavior as a major influence on the spread of diseases, so many of my articles focus on the human aspect. I’m also somewhat skeptical of the consensus found in medical science, not because vaccines don’t work (they do), but rather because “vaccines work” doesn’t necessarily mean what people think that it does. What do I mean by that? Learn more by reading my articles.

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I have a specific subindex dedicated to coronavirus related articles. I tried avoiding writing about the topic at first, but I think that was a mistake. It’s important to discuss such a pressing issue.

I will probably continue to write about this topic, long after this epidemic has passed, in part because coronaviruses as a whole need to be recognized as a public health threat rather than a minor nuisance. If more attention had been paid to them, after the first SARS outbreak, we might not be having so much trouble with SARS-CoV-2 today!

Reforming Public Health and Crisis Response

Directly related to the topic of the coronavirus epidemic, and having significance far beyond it, or public health system as a whole is broken, and it needs serious reform.

General Theory

In order to respond to epidemics, we have to understand them. While I plan on writing a lot more about epidemic models and the mathematics necessary to understand them, I do have an article on the basics of epidemiological models.

Part of public health practice is finding safe and effective ways to improve quality of life, as a whole, rather than simply to treat a disease. If pain and suffering can be reduced, we can improve quality of life. While placebos have long been ignored as a viable treatment for anything, and have merely been considered a tool for scientific research, this idea is changing and that’s a good thing.

Speaking of improving quality of life, when trying to make decisions about how best to use limited resources, there are a number of factors that public health experts consider.

Omniprints

I’ve written many articles about public health, not just on Medium, but also in more scholarly formats. I call these articles “omniprints” in part because I’m not a huge fan of “preprints” being seen as a first step towards traditional publication, but rather as an alternative to the closed peer reviewed journal system.

Gun Violence

Gun violence is a terrible thing. And it would be great if we could just snap our fingers and end gun violence, without any consequences of policy. But that’s simply not the case. But public health science can help us understand and solve gun violence.

Vaccines

One of my main areas of interest is vaccine research. I’ve written a number of scholarly articles and communication articles related to vaccines. I also tried my hand at writing a comic to draw more attention to issues surrounding vaccine research. I came up with the designs, and an associate helped bring them to life.

One concern that I have is that the antivax movement, while a problem, is being used to explain away recent outbreaks of various diseases. And yet, science does not justify the position that the antivax is solely, or even primarily, responsible.

On the opposite end of the spectrum, I’ve noticed that many people have become quite vocal against circumcision. While I’m not going to get into circumcision for religious purposes, there is a lot of medical science on the topic, and opposition to circumcision isn’t all that much different than antivax sentiment.

Daniel Goldman

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I’m a polymath and a rōnin scholar. That is to say that I enjoy studying many different topics. Find more at http://danielgoldman.us

Daniel Goldman

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I’m a polymath and a rōnin scholar. That is to say that I enjoy studying many different topics. Find more at http://danielgoldman.us

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