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While We Were Sleeping

Success Stories in Injury and Violence Prevention

David Hemenway


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Public health has made our lives safer—but it often works behind the scenes, without our knowledge, that is, "while we are sleeping." This book powerfully illuminates how public health works with more than sixty success stories drawn from the area of injury and violence prevention. It also profiles dozens of individuals who have made important contributions to safety and health in a range of social arenas. Highlighting examples from the United States as well as from other countries, While We Were Sleeping will inform a wide audience of readers about what public health actually does and at the same time inspire a new generation to make the world a safer place.

Praise For While We Were Sleeping: Success Stories in Injury and Violence Prevention

“Faculty teaching courses in injury prevention will find this a useful addition to their syllabi. . . . It also may help inspire the next generation of researchers and practitioners.”
— Injury Prevention

“This book is well written and shows that public health covers a lot of areas.”
— Annuals Of Emergency Medicine

University of California Press, 9780520258464, 248pp.

Publication Date: May 4, 2009

About the Author

David Hemenway is Professor of Health Policy at the Harvard School of Public Health, Director of the Harvard Injury Control Research Center, and Director of the Harvard Youth Violence Prevention Center. His previous books include Private Guns, Public Health.