Public Health Law and Ethics: A Reader / Edition 1

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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 the internationally acclaimed 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.

Gostin provides thoughtful 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, will benefit from the contemporary case studies covering a wide range of topics from bioterrorism to public health genetics.

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Meet the Author

Lawrence O. Gostin is Professor of Law at Georgetown University and Professor of Public Health at the Johns Hopkins University. He also serves as Director of the CDC Collaborating Center for Law & the Public's Health. His publications include Public Health Law: Power, Duty, Restraint (California, 2000) and Public Health and Human Rights in the AIDS Pandemic (1997).

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
List of Tables
Conventions Used in this Book
Preface

1. Public Health Law, Ethics, and Human Rights: Mapping the Issues

Part One: Foundations of Public Health Law and Ethics
2. Public Health: The Population-Based Perspective
3. Public Health Ethics: The Communitarian Tradition
4. Human Rights and Public Health
5. Reasoning in Public Health: Philosophy, Risk, and Cost

Part Two: The Law and the Public’s Health
6. Public Health Duties and Powers
7. Public Health and the Protection of
Individual Rights
8. Public Health Regulation of Property and the Professions.....
9. Tort Litigation for the Public’s Health

Part Three: Tensions and Recurring Themes
10. Surveillance and Public Health Research: Privacy and the "Right to Know"
11. Health Promotion: Education, Persuasion, and Free Expression
12. Biological
Interventions to Control
Infectious Disease: Immunization, Screening, and Treatment
13. Restrictions of the Person: Civil Confinement and Criminal Punishment

Part Four: The Future of Public Health
14. Visions and Challenges: Case Studies on Emerging
Infections, Bioterrorism, and Public Health Genetics

Bibliography

Index

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