Political Science

Unhealthy Politics: The Battle over Evidence-Based Medicine

    Preface by
  • Eric M. Patashnik
  • Alan S. Gerber
  • Conor M. Dowling

How partisanship, polarization, and medical authority stand in the way of evidence-based medicine


Jul 7, 2020
6.13 x 9.25 in.
17 b/w illus. 9 tables.
Political Science
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The U.S. medical system is touted as the most advanced in the world, yet many common treatments are not based on sound science. Unhealthy Politics sheds new light on why the government’s response to this troubling situation has been so inadequate, and why efforts to improve the evidence base of U.S. medicine continue to cause so much political controversy. This critically important book paints a portrait of a medical industry with vast influence over which procedures and treatments get adopted, and a public burdened by the rising costs of health care yet fearful of going against “doctor’s orders.” Now with a new preface by the authors, Unhealthy Politics offers vital insights into the limits of science, expertise, and professionalism in American politics.

Awards and Recognition

  • Winner of the 2018 Don K. Price Award, Science, Technology & Environmental Politics Section of the American Political Science Association
  • Winner of the 2018 Louis Brownlow Book Award, National Academy of Public Administration