Public Health Ethics / Edition 1

Paperback (Print)
Buy New
Buy New from BN.com
$20.58
Used and New from Other Sellers
Used and New from Other Sellers
from $14.27
Usually ships in 1-2 business days
(Save 42%)
Other sellers (Paperback)
  • All (7) from $14.27   
  • New (4) from $19.55   
  • Used (3) from $14.27   

Overview

How far should we go in protecting and promoting public health? Can we force people to give up unhealthy habits and make healthier choices, or does everyone have the right to decide their own lifestyle? Should we stop treating smokers who refuse to give up smoking? Should we put a tax on fatty foods and ban vending machines in schools to address the obesity epidemic? Should parents be required to have their children vaccinated? Are some of our screening programmes unethical Downs syndrome screening, for example or should we be screening people for more conditions, such as Huntington disease?

Such questions are at the heart of public health ethics. Holland shows that to understand and debate these issues requires philosophy: moral philosophies, such as utilitarianism and deontology, as well as political philosophies such as liberalism and communitarianism. And philosophy informs other aspects of public health, such as epidemiology and health promotion.

The aim of this book is to provide a lively, accessible and philosophically informed introduction to such issues. It is an ideal textbook for students taking courses in public health ethics. And since this book develops systematic discussions of issues in public health ethics, there is also much here to engage and challenge the more advanced reader.

Read More Show Less

What People Are Saying

From the Publisher
"Ranging from the theoretical to the pragmatic, Holland provides a foundational overview of public health ethics that equips the reader with the tools that will inform further deliberation about the subject. This text is particularly helpful as a theoretical introduction to a reader looking for an elucidation of relevant facets of public health ethics."
Ethical Theory and Moral Practice

"Stephen Holland's book is an important milestone in the emerging field of public health ethics. It has a rich population-based perspective, demonstrating the foundational importance of safeguarding the public's health. His analysis is rigorous and systematic, applying the major theories in moral and political philosophy to the public health enterprise. By explaining the major forms of public health interventions, Professor Holland shows the sometimes irreconcilable tensions between individual interests and the common good. This book will inform scholars in multiple fields, including philosophy, law, epidemiology, medicine, and nursing."

Lawrence O. Gostin, O'Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law, Georgetown University Law Center

"Stephen Holland's book is a magnificent achievement. It is the first book-length single-authored work on public health ethics. It proves to be both a careful and rich introduction to the issues, as well as a coherent and sophisticated argument about the nature of public health ethics. Holland summarises and critically engages with many different fields relevant to public health. This book will be essential reading for everyone from specialists in the field to public health practitioners with no prior experience of ethics and philosophy."

Angus Dawson, Centre for Professional Ethics, Keele University

"Ranging from the theoretical to the pragmatic, Holland provides a foundational overview of public health ethics that equips the reader with the tools that will inform further deliberation about the subject. This text is particularly helpful as a theoretical introduction to a reader looking for an elucidation of relevant facets of public health ethics."
Sally Bean, Joint Centre for Bioethics and Trillium Health Centre, University of Toronto

Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780745633039
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 12/14/2007
  • Series: Please Select a Ser.
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 209,995
  • Product dimensions: 6.02 (w) x 9.05 (h) x 0.78 (d)

Meet the Author

Stephen Holland is a lecturer in the Departments of Philosophy and Health Sciences at the University of York.

Read More Show Less

Table of Contents

  • Introduction
  • Part One Moral and political philosophy
  • Introduction to Part One
  • Chapter 1 Consequentialism
  • Chapter 2 Non-consequentialism
  • Chapter 3 Political philosophy
  • Part One Summary
  • Part Two Public Health Activities
  • Introduction to Part Two
  • Chapter 4 Epidemiology
  • Chapter 5 Health concepts and promotion
  • Chapter 6 Health promotion as behaviour modification
  • Chapter 7 Immunisation
  • Chapter 8 Screening
  • Concluding Remarks: Public health ethics, the re-description problem, and philosophy
  • References
  • Index
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(0)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)