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[Perspectives] Politics and public health—the role of the US Surgeon General

05 Jul 2014

On Feb 27, 2014, a Senate committee approved the nomination of Vivek Murthy, President Barack Obama's choice for Surgeon General of the United States. The next day, the National Rifle Association (NRA) stepped up its lobbying against the nominee, citing Murthy's prior writings against gun violence, such as his statement that “Guns are a health care issue”. The NRA mobilised opposition despite Murthy's public testimony that his intended focus would be on obesity, tobacco use, mental health, and immunisations.

Date: 
5 July 2014

Click here to view the full article which appeared in The Lancet