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Reflections on Life, Death, and the Constitution$
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George Anastaplo

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780813125336

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813125336.001.0001

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. Public Health and Private Consciences

. Public Health and Private Consciences

(p.58) 9. Public Health and Private Consciences
Reflections on Life, Death, and the Constitution

George Anastaplo

University Press of Kentucky

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

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