Let’s Get Radically Creative About Public Health And The Future
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Peter J. Whitehouse, MD-PhD (Psychology) and MA (Bioethics) is Professor of Neurology at Case Western Reserve University. He has also held appointments in psychiatry, neuroscience, psychology, nursing, organizational behavior, cognitive science, bioethics, and history. His long-term interest is developing innovative clinical and learning environments to promote individual and collective health and wisdom through the power of narrative imagination. He is the author (with Danny George) of a book entitled “The Myth of Alzheimer’s: What You Aren’t Being Told About Today’s Most Dreaded Diagnosis” (St. Martin’s Press January 2008). He is a founder with his wife of The Intergenerational School – an innovative, successful, urban public school.

                       

Let’s Get Radically Creative About Public Health And The Future

Like medicine, public health considers itself science-based. Although true in both cases, it is only a partial truth. Just as in medicine, solving problems and taking action require broader forms of knowledge and more diverse approaches to intervention. One might even say both medicine and public health need to wise up and wisdom has roots in more than science. Storytelling, the arts, and humanities can all enrich the nature of evidence and enliven vehicles for action. Life’s character is both...

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