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The Bloomberg School's Dr. Joshua Sharfstein: 100 Objects That Have Shaped Public Health

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It’s Election Day, and we'll start with a check on how voting is proceeding in some precincts around the region, where long lines at polling centers this morning suggest a healthy turnout.  Then we’ll turn our attention to public health, and to the everyday things that have made a big difference, for good or ill, in our wellness and the quality of our lives.  A fascinating list, compiled online by the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health to mark its centennial, identifies 100 objects that have had a major influence on public health over the past century, from spittoons and toilets to vaccines and window screens.  You can check out the list by clicking here. From mundane appliances to medical innovations, these common things have had an uncommon impact on our health and well-being, and we’ll talk about some of them with a man who’s had quite an impact himself on public health in Maryland -- Dr. Joshua Sharfstein, Associate Dean of the Bloomberg School. He’s Tom's guest for the hour, and listeners are invited  to join the conversation with their own suggestions for the list. 

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