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The Contagion Next Time$
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Sandro Galea

Print publication date: 2022

Print ISBN-13: 9780197576427

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2021

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780197576427.001.0001

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Humility and Informing the Public Conversation

Humility and Informing the Public Conversation

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(p.207) 12 Humility and Informing the Public Conversation
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The Contagion Next Time
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Sandro Galea

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780197576427.003.0012

This chapter highlights the importance of humility in preventing the contagion next time. Shaping a healthier world means informing a public conversation which prioritizes what matters most for health. It means elevating the subjects discussed in this book to the center of the national conversation about health, a conversation currently focused on the curative power of medicine at the expense of the forces that shape health. In this task, humility is key. Humility helps us to listen and engage with respect, compassion, and an openness to alternative perspectives. Throughout COVID-19, we saw how hubris and closeminded partisanship undermined, again and again, the possibility of such a conversation, hindering efforts to support health. Going forward, we need an approach to health which embraces humility and constructive engagement with the public conversation, towards the aim of building a healthier world.

Keywords:   humility, contagion, healthier world, public conversation, health, medicine, closeminded partisanship, compassion, national conversation

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