Ethics, Prevention, and Public Health

Paperback | August 1, 2009

EditorAngus Dawson, Marcel Verweij

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Public health is an important and fast-developing area of ethical discussion. In this volume a range of issues in public health ethics are explored using the resources of moral theory, political philosophy, philosophy of science, applied ethics, law, and economics. The twelve original papers presented consider numerous ethical issues arise within public health ethics. To what extent can the public good or the public interest justify state interventions that impose limits upon the freedom of individuals? What role should the law play in regulating risks? Shouldgovernments actively aim to change our preferences about such things as food, smoking or physical exercise? What are public goods, and what role (if any) do they play in public health? To what extent do individuals have moral obligations to contribute to protecting the community or the public good?Where is it appropriate to concentrate upon prevention rather than cure? Given the fact that we cannot be protected from all harm, what sorts of harm provide a justification for public health action? What limits do we wish to place upon public health activities? How do we ensure that the interestsof individuals are not set aside or forgotten in the pursuit of population benefits? An excellent line-up of authors from North America, Europe, and the UK tackle these questions.

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Public health is an important and fast-developing area of ethical discussion. In this volume a range of issues in public health ethics are explored using the resources of moral theory, political philosophy, philosophy of science, applied ethics, law, and economics. The twelve original papers presented consider numerous ethical issues a...

Angus Dawson is Senior Lecturer in Ethics and Philosophy in the Centre for Professional Ethics at Keele University in the UK. Marcel Verweij is senior researcher and lecturer at the Ethics Institute, Utrecht University.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.01 inPublished:August 1, 2009Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0199570531

ISBN - 13:9780199570539

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1. Angus Dawson and Marcel Verweij: Introduction: Ethics, Prevention, and Public Health2. Marcel Verweij and Angus Dawson: The Meaning of 'Public' in 'Public Health'3. Bruce Jennings: Public Health and Civic Republicanism: Towards an Alternative Framework for Public Health Ethics4. Lawrence O. Gostin and Lesley Stone: Health of the People: The Highest Law?5. Daniel Wikler and Dan W. Brock: Population-level Bioethics: Mapping a New Agenda6. Tom Sorell: Parental Choice and Expert Knowledge in the Debate about MMR and Autism7. Dan W. Brock: Ethical Issues in Applying Quantitative Models for Setting Priorities in Prevention8. Mariette van den Hoven: Reasonable Limits to Public Health Demands9. Jay A. Jackson, Margaret P. Battin, Jeffrey R. Botkin, Leslie Francis, James Mason, and Charles B. Smith: Vertical Transmission of Infectious Diseases and Genetic Disorder: Are the Medical and Public Responses Consistent?10. Angus Dawson: Herd Protection as a Public Good: Vaccination and Our Obligations to Others11. Marcel Verweij: Tobacco Discouragement: A Non-paternalistic Approach12. Niels Nijsingh: Informed Consent and the Expansion of Newborn Screening

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Review from previous edition: "The book is very well structured...Personally, the book has enabled me to get a better grip on an issue that I have had in the back of my mind for some years...this book does not provide ready-made answers for public health practitioners stumbling over ethicalissues. Rather, it forces readers to reflect on these issues, deepen their understanding and arrive at conclusions that should be discussed with others." --Reiner Banken, Bulletin of the World Health Organization