Searching Eyes: Privacy, the State, and Disease Surveillance in America / Edition 1

Searching Eyes: Privacy, the State, and Disease Surveillance in America / Edition 1

by Amy L. Fairchild
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0520253256

ISBN-13: 2900520253253

Pub. Date: 11/07/2007

Publisher: University of California Press


This is the first history of public health surveillance in the United States to span more than a century of conflict and controversy. The practice of reporting the names of those with disease to health authorities inevitably poses questions about the interplay between the imperative to control threats to the public's health and legal and ethical concerns about

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This is the first history of public health surveillance in the United States to span more than a century of conflict and controversy. The practice of reporting the names of those with disease to health authorities inevitably poses questions about the interplay between the imperative to control threats to the public's health and legal and ethical concerns about privacy. Authors Amy L. Fairchild, Ronald Bayer, and James Colgrove situate the tension inherent in public health surveillance in a broad social and political context and show how the changing meaning and significance of privacy have marked the politics and practice of surveillance since the end of the nineteenth century.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2900520253253
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
11/07/2007
Series:
California/Milbank Books on Health and the Public Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
368

Table of Contents


List of Illustrations     ix
List of Abbreviations     xi
Foreword   Daniel M. Fox   Samuel L. Milbank     xiii
Preface: The Politics of Privacy, the Politics of Surveillance     xv
Acknowledgments     xxi
Introduction: Surveillance and the Landscape of Privacy in Twentieth-Century America     1
The Rise of Surveillance and the Politics of Resistance
Opening Battles: Tuberculosis and the Foundations of Surveillance     33
Raising the Veil: Syphilis and Secrecy     58
Extending Surveillance: The Politics of Recognition
The Right to Know: Detection, Reporting, and Prevention of Occupational Disease     83
The Right to Be Counted: Confronting the "Menace of Cancer"     113
Who Shall Count the Little Children? From "Crippled Kiddies" to Birth Defects     144
Surveillance at Century's End: The Politics of Democratic Privacy
Aids, Activism, and the Vicissitudes of Democratic Privacy     173
Counting All Kids: Immunization Registries and the Privacy of Parents and Children     204
Panoptic Visions and Stubborn Realities in a New Era of Privacy     228
Conclusion: An Enduring Tension     251
Notes     257
Index     329

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