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Public Health Law and Ethics

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ISBN13: 9780520231757
ISBN: 0520231759
Published: July 2002
Publisher: University Presses of California, Columbia and Princeton
Format: Paperback
Price: Out of print



This incisive selection of government reports, scholarly articles and court cases is designed to illuminate the ethical, legal and political issues in the theory and practice of public health. A companion to ""Public Health Law: Power, Duty, Restraint"", this collection encourages debate and discourse about how courts, scholars and policy makers respond to the salient legal and ethical dilemmas. The excerpts and commentaries in the reader analyze the legal and constitutional foundations of public health, juxtaposing them with the emerging importance of public health ethics and human rights. The book offers a systematic account of public health law, ethics and human rights in promoting the common good.;Lawrence Gostin provides a commentary on the field of public health and carefully explains the meaning and importance of each selection. Scholars, legislators and public health professionals, as well as faculty and students in schools of law, public health, medicine, nursing, government and health administration, should benefit from the contemporary case studies covering a wide range of topics from bioterrorism to public health genetics.

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Contents:
Public health law, ethics and human rights - mapping the issues. Part One Foundations of public health law and ethics: public health - the population-based perspective; public health ethics - the communitarian tradition; human rights and public health; reasoning in public health - philosophy, risk and cost. Part Two The law and the public's health: public health duties and powers; public health and the protection of individual rights; public health regulation of property and the professions; tort litigation for the public's health. Part Three Tensions and recurring themes; surveillance and public health research - privacy and the ""right to know""; health promotion - education, persuasion and free expression; biological interventions to control infectious disease - immunization, screening and treatment; restrictions of the person - civil confinement and criminal punishment. Part Four The future of public health: visions and challenges - case studies on emerging infections, bioterrorism and public health genetics.