Public Health Policy and Ethics / Edition 1

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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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"The emerging field of public health ethics, if it is to exist at all, is in its infancy, and this book provides a valuable resource to provoke discussion, research and analysis." (George J. Annas, The Lancet, December 2008)

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Table of Contents

Preface : what is public health?
Introduction : the moral imperative to maintain public health
Professing public health : practicing ethics and ethics as practice 1
The good of patients and the good of society : striking a moral balance 17
Taking on 'big fat' : the relative risks and benefits of the war against obesity 39
Individual rights, social justice, and the allocation of advances in biotechnology 59
Justice in allocations for terrorism, biological warfare, and public health 75
A new bioethics framework for facilitating better decision-making about genetic information 91
Sanctity of life vs. quality of life in maternal-fetal surgery : personal and public priorities 103
Gun control and public health 119
From fear to eternity : violence and public health 135
The politics of preventing premature death 167
The right to die and the right to health care 187
Global justice and health : is health care a basic right? 203
Advocacy and community : conflicts of interest in public health research 223
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