Public Health Ethics: Theory, Policy, and Practice

Paperback | December 13, 2006

EditorRonald Bayer, Lawrence O. Gostin, Bruce Jennings

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Since public health seeks to protect the health of populations, it inevitably confronts a range of ethical challenges having to do primarily with the friction between individual freedoms and what might be perceived as governmental paternalism. This volume brings together twenty-five articlesby leading thinkers in the field, writing on topics that concern both classic and novel problems. They open up new terrain in each area, including tobacco and drug control, infectious disease, environmental and occupational health, the effect of new genetics on the publics health, and the impact ofsocial inequalities on patterns of morbidity and mortality. The volume editors offer a context for discussion with introductory essays for each of the books five sections.

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Since public health seeks to protect the health of populations, it inevitably confronts a range of ethical challenges having to do primarily with the friction between individual freedoms and what might be perceived as governmental paternalism. This volume brings together twenty-five articlesby leading thinkers in the field, writing on ...

Ronald Bayer is at Columbia University. Lawrence O. Gostin is at Johns Hopkins University.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:432 pages, 6.1 × 9.21 × 0.91 inPublished:December 13, 2006Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Part I: The Public Health Perspective. Introduction. Geoffrey Rose, Sick Individuals and Sick Populations, International Journal of Epidemiology 14(1): March 1985, 32-38. Dan Beauchamp, Community: The Neglected Tradition of Public Health, Hastings Center Report 15(6): December 1985, 28-36. Lawrence O. Gostin, Jo Ivey Boufford, Rose Marie Martinez, The Future of The Publics Health: Vision, Values, And Strategies, Health Affairs 23(4): July/August 2004, 96-107. Mark A. Rothstein, Rethinking the Meaning of Public Health, Journal of Law, Medicine and Ethics 30(2): Summer 2002,144-149. Part II: Autonomy and Paternalism. Introduction. Daniel Wikler, Who Should Be Blamed for Being Sick? Health Education Quarterly 14(1): Spring 1987, 11-25. Ronald Bayer and Jonathan D. Moreno, Health Promotion: Ethical and Social Dilemmas of Governmental Policy, Health Affairs 15(2): Summer 1986, 72-85. Robert E. Goodin, No Smoking (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1989), excerpts from Chapters 1 and 2. Jacob Sullum, For Your Own Good: The Anti-Smoking Crusade and the Tyranny of Public Health (New York: The Free Press, 1998), excerpts from chapters 4, 5, 8. Ethan A. Nadelmann, Drug Prohibition in the United States: Costs, Consequences and Alternatives, Science 245(4921): September 1 1989, 939-947. James Q. Wilson, Against the Legalization of Drugs, Commentary 89(2): February 1990, 21-28. Part III: Justice and Health. Introduction. Angus Deaton, Policy Implications of the Gradient of Health and Wealth, Health Affairs 21(2): March/April 2002; 13-30. Richard G. Wilkinson, Putting the Picture Together: Prosperity, Redistribution, Health, and Welfare, in Michael Marmot and Richard G. Wilkinson, eds., Social Determinants of Health, (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1999), pp. 256-274. Norman Daniels, Bruce P. Kennedy, and Ichiro Kawachi, Why Justice is Good for Our Health: The Social Determinants of Health Inequalities, Daedalus 128(4): Fall 1999, 215-251. Bruce Jennings, "Health Policy in a New Key: Setting Democratic Priorities," Journal of Social Issues, 49(2): 1993, 169-184. Part IV. Infectious Disease: Coercion and the Protection of Society. Introduction. Ronald Bayer and Amy L. Fairchild, Surveillance and Privacy, Science 290(5498): December 8 2000, 1898-1899. Lawrence O. Gostin, Ronald Bayer, and Amy L. Fairchild, Ethical and Legal Issues Posed by Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome, Journal of the American Medical Association 290(24): December 24/31 2003, 3229-3237. Douglas S. Diekema and Edgar K. Marcuse, Ethical Issues in the Vaccination of Children, in G.R. Burgio and J.D. Lantos, eds., Primum Non Nocere Today Second Edition (Elsevier, 1998) pp. 37-47. Ronald Bayer and James Colgrove, Rights and Dangers: Bioterrorism and the Ideologies of Public Health, in Jonathan D. Moreno, ed., In the Wake of Terror: Medicine and Morality in a Time of Crisis (Cambridge: MIT Press, 2003) pp. 51-74. Part V. Regulation, Environmental and Occupational Health. Introduction. Carl F. Cranor, Regulating Toxic Substances: A Philosophy of Science and the Law (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1993), pp. 44-48 (excerpts). Carolyn Raffensperger and Joel Tickner, To Foresee and To Forestall, Protecting Public Health and the Environment (Washington, D.C.: Island Press, 1999), pp. 1-11. Norman Daniels, Doth OSHA Protect Too Much? Just Health Care (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1985), Chapter 7(excerpts). Part VI. Genetics and Public Health. Introduction. Scott Burris and Lawrence O. Gostin, Genetic Screening from a Public Health Perspective: Three Ethical Principles, in Justine Burley and John Harris, eds., A Companion to Genethics (Malden, Massachusetts, Blackwell Publishers: 2002), pp. 455-464. Richard R. Sharp and J. Carl Barrett, The Environmental Genome Project: Ethical, Legal, and Social Implications, Environmental Health Perspectives 108(4): April 2000, 279-281. Ellen Wright Clayton, The Complex Relationship of Genetics, Groups, and Health: What It Means for Public Health, Journal of Law, Medicine and Ethics, 30(2): Summer 2002, 290-297. Pamela Sankar, Mildred K. Cho, Celeste M. Condit, Linda M. Hunt, Barbara Koenig, Patricia Marshall, Sandra Soo-Jin Lee, and Paul Spicer, Genetic Research and Health Disparities, Journal of the American Medical Association, 291(24): June 23/30 2004.

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"This anthology provides an engaging overview of the emerging field of public health ethics...The book is likely to be a useful adjunct to courses on public health theory and practice, health policy, public health ethics, and health equity."--American Journal of Epidemiology