Public Health Ethics: Key Concepts and Issues in Policy and Practice

Public Health Ethics: Key Concepts and Issues in Policy and Practice

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Edited by Angus Dawson

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  • Format: Paperback | 245 pages
  • Dimensions: 156mm x 230mm x 14mm | 440g
  • Publication date: 25 July 2011
  • Publication City/Country: Cambridge
  • ISBN 10: 0521689368
  • ISBN 13: 9780521689366
  • Edition statement: New.
  • Illustrations note: 10 b/w illus.
  • Sales rank: 873,177

Product description

Public health ethics is a discipline concerned with the health of the public or a population as a whole, rather than focusing on the individual. This book introduces a number of this new field's central concepts and explores the key and controversial issues arising. Topics covered include the nature of public health ethics, the concepts of disease and prevention, risk and precaution, health inequalities and justice, screening, vaccination and disease control, smoking and issues relating to the environment and public health. With insightful contributions from leading experts, Public Health Ethics presents thought-provoking reviews of these topics, at the same time as encouraging and identifying areas for future discussion in this emerging discipline. This is a valuable addition to the library of anyone working in the fields of public health, health policy, ethics, philosophy and social science.

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Author information

Angus Dawson is Senior Lecturer at the Centre for Professional Ethics, Keele University, Staffordshire, UK and co-Editor-in-Chief of the journal Public Health Ethics.

Review quote

'All in all, this book is an excellent read ... and very thought provoking. It is a small inexpensive volume that is packed full of critical statements and questions about the ethics of public health that affect us all. I really do commend it to all health care practitioners.' Journal of Occupational Medicine

Table of contents

Preface; Introduction Angus Dawson; Part I. Concepts: 1. Resetting the parameters: public health as the foundation for public health ethics Angus Dawson; 2. Health, disease and the goal of public health Bengt Brulde; 3. Selective reproduction, eugenics and public health Stephen Wilkinson; 4. Risk and precaution Stephen John; Part II. Issues: 5. Smoking, health and ethics Richard Ashcroft; 6. Infectious disease control Marcel Verweij; 7. Population screening Ainsley Newson; 8. Vaccination ethics Angus Dawson; 9. Environment, ethics and public health: the climate change dilemma Anthony Kessel and Carolyn Stephens; 10. Public health research ethics: is non-exploitation the new principle for population-based research ethics? John McMillan; 11. Equity and population health: toward a broader bioethics agenda Norman Daniels; 12. Health inequities James Wilson; Index.