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Untoward crises can precipitate change in public health. For example, clean-air legislation in 1950s Britain followed the escalating costs associated with coal-based industries, notably the steam-operated railways.1 Public health improved as moribund industries were reformed.
However, such opportunities can be squandered. In the 1970s, massive increases in …
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