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In his recent editorial, Michael Kenneth Lemke makes the assertion that shortcomings within the Total Worker Health [TWH] program are due to its theoretical and methodological grounding in the “Newtonian paradigm.”1 According to Lemke, the long-term potential of the TWH program is threatened by the hegemony of reductionism.1 We assert that Lemke’s reasoning, and therefore, his conclusions are flawed. Moreover, we believe that his characterization does little to promote, and may hinder, the ability of the TWH program to fulfill its mission.
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Kelly, K. M., Newman, L. S., Cherniack, M., Punnett, L., Hammer, L. B., & Sorensen, G. (2021). Critical Points in Lemke's Total Worker Health Calculus. Journal of Occupational & Environmental Medicine, Publish Ahead of Print. https://doi.org/10.1097/jom.0000000000002300