The Milbank Memorial Fund is an endowed national foundation that engages in nonpartisan analysis, study, research, and communication on significant issues in health care and public health. The fund makes available the results of its work in meetings with decision-makers, reports, articles, and books.
The purpose of the Fund's publishing partnership with the University of California Press is to encourage the synthesis and communication of findings from research and experience that could contribute to more effective health policy. The two volumes by Lawrence O. Gostin published by the Fund and the Press achieve this goal.
In 2000, the Fund and the Press published Gostin's Public Health Law: Power, Duty, Restraint. Reviewers of the manuscript of that book suggested we also publish a reader that could be used independently or as a companion to the first volume.
Gostin brings to both books vast experience as a lawyer and legal scholar on public health issues. For many years, in both the United Kingdom and the United States, Gostin has been a lawyer's lawyer as well as an adviser to policy makers on the most controversial issues in public health law. This combination of scholarship and experience leads Gostin to propose that public health law should be an instrument for developing as well as implementing public policy. In Public Health Law he offers a critical analysis and synthesis of law and science that