Reading for Battle

Battle Readings is a regularly updated compilation of articles, essays, and opinion pieces relevant to the themes of the Battle of Ideas.

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Health & Well-being

From working class to incapacitated class
How radical activists shifted from viewing the working classes as powerful to pitying them as pathetic.
Patrick Hayes, spiked, 27 July 2011

Height and cancer risk – the long and short of it
Today, Cancer Research UK scientists have published research showing that taller people seem to be have a higher risk of cancer. This may seem alarming, but tall people needn’t be too worried about these results.
Jess Harris, Cancer Research UK, 21 July 2011

Time for NHS to act after pause, says Andrew Lansley
Health secretary announces a fifth wave of pathfinder commissioning consortia, while defending his criticism of bureaucracy
SA Mathieson, Guardian, 8 July 2011

The BMA: modern-day prohibitionists
In the past, attempts by the state to prevent the consumption of alcohol were known as prohibition. Now they’re called ‘promoting public health’. The ultimate goal is the same though: the diminution of our rights in the name of ‘the public good’.
Max Klinger, spiked, 7 July 2011

NHS reforms could reduce patients' trust in doctors, BMA warns
Dr Hamish Meldrum, the chairman of the British Medical Association, said the suggestion under revamped plans from the health secretary, Andrew Lansley, might lead to allegations that doctors were withholding patient treatments and referrals to increase their pay.
Rajeev Syal, Guardian, 27 June 2011

Closed shops
Why tourists in the Netherlands may have to stop smoking pot
Economist, 23 June 2011

Doctors can promote fairness and equality in health through education
In the UK today social disadvantage results in vast gaps in health and mortality, but these inequalities are not inevitable. A new report from the Royal College of Physicians (RCP) in partnership with leading health organisations and the NHS calls on all doctors to make addressing the social determinants of health part of their everyday medical practice, reducing where they can the inequitable burden of disease.
Bob Davidson, Total Health, 10 June 2011

‘Western parents need to chill out about their kids’
Western parents are actually quite good at parenting, if they are left alone. Parenting is not rocket science; you don’t need a PhD in developmental psychology to be a good mum or dad. There is no problem with Western parents. No, the real problem is that society now does everything in its power to make it difficult for parents to have confidence in their judgement calls.
Frank Furedi, spiked, 9 June 2011

The Case For Performance-Enhancing Drugs In Sports
The most obvious solution has always been to legalize those drugs that work, and to experimentally monitor new entrants, including dietary supplements, for both efficacy and safety. Biological improvement would be treated much as athletic equipment like baseball bats and running shoes.
Matthew Herper, Forbes, 20 May 2011

We should embrace the use of smart drugs
A Debating Matters Topic Guide covering the smart drugs debate, with an overview of the discussion and a wide range of readings both for and against.
Helen Birtwistle, Debating Matters, 1 May 2011

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