In the Wake of Terror: Medicine and Morality in a Time of Crisis / Edition 1

In the Wake of Terror: Medicine and Morality in a Time of Crisis / Edition 1

by Jonathan D. Moreno
     
 

ISBN-10: 0262633027

ISBN-13: 9780262633024

Pub. Date: 02/27/2004

Publisher: MIT Press

The war on terrorism and the threat of chemical and biological weapons have brought a new urgency to already complex moral and bioethical questions. In the
Wake of Terror presents thought-provoking essays on many of the troubling issues facing American society, written by experts from the fields of medicine, health care policy, law, political science, history,

Overview

The war on terrorism and the threat of chemical and biological weapons have brought a new urgency to already complex moral and bioethical questions. In the
Wake of Terror presents thought-provoking essays on many of the troubling issues facing American society, written by experts from the fields of medicine, health care policy, law, political science, history, philosophy, and theology.One of the first potential casualties of catastrophic circumstances is civil liberties. In the past,
medical experiments conducted for national security purposes have violated ethical standards, and this book questions whether current policy provides sufficient safeguards against further abuses. It also focuses on public health issues, offering contrasting views on the extent to which civil authorities should be allowed to restrict freedom of movement in the name of national security and debating whether aggressive public health interventions improve public confidence and cooperation or detract from them.A major area of concern is preparedness for future terrorist attacks. Chapters are devoted to ethical issues involved in the development,
distribution, and rationing of vaccines and antidotes; resource allocation and medical triage; the moral duties of emergency health workers and other first responders; and the obligations of private entities such as managed care organizations and pharmaceutical companies. Contributors also address the implications of terrorism for our health insurance system and the role of genetic advances in bioterrorism. Underlying all of these issues, the authors argue, is the need to maintain a spirit of social solidarity, which can in turn only be achieved if preparations are publicly acknowledged and generally regarded as both prudent and fair.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780262633024
Publisher:
MIT Press
Publication date:
02/27/2004
Series:
Basic Bioethics
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
257
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Series Forewordvii
Forewordix
Acknowledgmentsxiii
Introductionxv
Contributorsxxv
IPublic Health1
1"Of Utmost National Urgency": The Lynchburg Hepatitis Study, 19423
2Protecting the Public's Health in an Era of Bioterrorism: The Model State Emergency Health Powers Act17
3Terrorism and Human Rights33
4Rights and Dangers: Bioterrorism and the Ideologies of Public Health51
IIResource Allocation75
5Triage in Response to a Bioterrorist Attack77
6Overwhelming Casualties: Medical Ethics in a Time of Terror95
IIIHealth Care Workers109
7Emergency Health Professionals and the Ethics of Crisis111
8Emergency Medicine, Terrorism, and Universal Access to Health Care: A Potent Mixture for Erstwhile Knights-Errant133
IVIndustry Obligations147
9The Rightful Goals of a Corporation and the Obligations of the Pharmaceutical Industry in a World with Bioterrorism149
10After the Terror: Health Care Organizations, the Health Care System, and the Future of Organization Ethics167
VResearch and Genetics183
11Research Involving Victims of Terror--Ethical Considerations185
12Genetics and Bioterrorism: Challenges for Science, Society, and Bioethics199
Index219

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