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

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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.

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Editorial Reviews

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"It is impossible to do full justice (herein) to the rich and varied nature of...this collection." Jonathan Kahn JAMA
Library Journal
In this timely book, Moreno (director, Ctr. for Biomedical Ethics, Univ. of Virginia; Undue Risk: Secret State Experiments on Humans) gathered philosophers, lawyers, and medical doctors to provide thought-provoking answers to these critical questions: Could the risk of a biological attack threaten the strides that have been made in medical ethics, particularly concerning informed consent, confidentiality, and medical research on humans? Will it be necessary to sacrifice some of our individual rights in order to make society safer? How much latitude should the government be given in order to protect its citizens? Should vaccinations and quarantines be mandatory during public health emergencies? Who should be treated first after a bio-terrorist attack? In addition, a lengthy section is devoted to varying opinions on the controversial Model State Emergency Health Powers Act (MSEHPA). Although quite philosophical, this nicely balanced book highlights crucial questions that deserve immediate individual and public attention and will be absorbing reading for scholars and lay readers alike. Highly recommended for all libraries.-Tina Neville, Univ. of South Florida at St. Petersburg Lib. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780262633024
  • Publisher: MIT Press
  • Publication date: 4/1/2004
  • Series: Basic Bioethics
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 257
  • Sales rank: 1,277,700
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Jonathan D. Moreno is David and Lyn Silfen University Professor of Ethics and Professor of Medical Ethics and of the History and Sociology of Science at the University of Pennsylvania

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Table of Contents

Series Foreword
I Public Health 1
1 "Of Utmost National Urgency": The Lynchburg Hepatitis Study, 1942 3
2 Protecting the Public's Health in an Era of Bioterrorism: The Model State Emergency Health Powers Act 17
3 Terrorism and Human Rights 33
4 Rights and Dangers: Bioterrorism and the Ideologies of Public Health 51
II Resource Allocation 75
5 Triage in Response to a Bioterrorist Attack 77
6 Overwhelming Casualties: Medical Ethics in a Time of Terror 95
III Health Care Workers 109
7 Emergency Health Professionals and the Ethics of Crisis 111
8 Emergency Medicine, Terrorism, and Universal Access to Health Care: A Potent Mixture for Erstwhile Knights-Errant 133
IV Industry Obligations 147
9 The Rightful Goals of a Corporation and the Obligations of the Pharmaceutical Industry in a World with Bioterrorism 149
10 After the Terror: Health Care Organizations, the Health Care System, and the Future of Organization Ethics 167
V Research and Genetics 183
11 Research Involving Victims of Terror - Ethical Considerations 185
12 Genetics and Bioterrorism: Challenges for Science, Society, and Bioethics 199
Index 219
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