. Public Health and Private Consciences

George Anastaplo

in Reflections on Life, Death, and the Constitution

Published by University Press of Kentucky

Published in print June 2009 | ISBN: 9780813125336
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813135243 | DOI:
. Public Health and Private Consciences

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This chapter deals with public health measures and other programs designed to enhance life, as well as to protect it. It observes that extensive public health programs are taken for granted among us. It notes that both the National and the State governments are considered empowered to do much more than was anticipated by most of the Framers of the Constitution. It reasons that “the general Welfare” can now be ministered to much more effectively because of remarkable economic and technological developments. It notes that massive threats to health seem to be posed by routine assaults on bodies and souls. It further notes that among these threats are the ravages of alcohol and narcotics, which affect souls as well as bodies. It adds that even more serious assaults on the souls of citizens are those which affect their mental health.

Keywords: public health programs; National government; State governments; Framers of the Constitution; general Welfare; bodies; souls; alcohol; narcotics; mental health

Chapter.  2312 words. 

Subjects: US Politics

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