Barney Turnock has spent most of his adult life working in various public health departments, including a position as deputy commissioner for the Chicago Department of Health. In 1985, he became Governor Jim Thompson's Director for the Department of Public Health. During the 1980s he dealt with a multitude of public health threats, including the emergence of the AIDS epidemic, a series of deaths due to cyanide-laced Tylenol capsules and a severe Salmonella outbreak.
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Interview Session 01 (Audio)
Turnock’s Background and Initial Service in State Government
Interview Session 02 (Audio)
Public Health in Chicago and Turnock’s Return to State Government
Interview Session 03 (Audio)
Thompson Administration’s Response to the AIDS Crisis