Public Health Policy and Ethics / Edition 1

Public Health Policy and Ethics / Edition 1

by Michael Boylan
     
 

"Public Health Policy and Ethics brings together philosophers and practitioners to address the foundations and principles upon which public health policy may be advanced. What is the basis that justifies public health in the first place? Why should individuals be disadvantaged for the sake of the group? How do policy concerns and clinical practice work together and… See more details below

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"Public Health Policy and Ethics brings together philosophers and practitioners to address the foundations and principles upon which public health policy may be advanced. What is the basis that justifies public health in the first place? Why should individuals be disadvantaged for the sake of the group? How do policy concerns and clinical practice work together and work against each other? Can the boundaries of public health be extended to include social ills that are amenable to group-dynamic solutions? These are some of the crucial questions that form the core of this volume of original essays sure to cause practitioners to engage in a critical re-evaluation of the role of ethics in public health policy." This volume is unique because of its philosophical approach. It develops a theoretical basis for public health and then examines cutting-edge issues of practice that include social and political issues of public health. In this way the book extends the usual purview of public health. Public Health Policy and Ethics is of interest to those working in public health policy, ethics and social philosophy. It may be used as a textbook for courses on public health policy and ethics, medical ethics, social philosophy and applied or public philosophy.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781402017629
Publisher:
Springer Netherlands
Publication date:
07/20/2004
Series:
International Library of Ethics, Law, and the New Medicine Series, #19
Edition description:
2004
Pages:
246
Product dimensions:
9.21(w) x 6.14(h) x 0.75(d)

Table of Contents

Preface : what is public health?
Introduction : the moral imperative to maintain public health
Professing public health : practicing ethics and ethics as practice1
The good of patients and the good of society : striking a moral balance17
Taking on 'big fat' : the relative risks and benefits of the war against obesity39
Individual rights, social justice, and the allocation of advances in biotechnology59
Justice in allocations for terrorism, biological warfare, and public health75
A new bioethics framework for facilitating better decision-making about genetic information91
Sanctity of life vs. quality of life in maternal-fetal surgery : personal and public priorities103
Gun control and public health119
From fear to eternity : violence and public health135
The politics of preventing premature death167
The right to die and the right to health care187
Global justice and health : is health care a basic right?203
Advocacy and community : conflicts of interest in public health research223

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