Public Health Ethics

Public Health Ethics : Theory, Policy, and Practice

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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 25 articles by 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 public's health, and the impact of social inequalities on patterns of morbidity and mortality. The volume editors offer a context for discussion with introductory essays for each of the book's five sections.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 432 pages
  • 154.9 x 261.6 x 20.3mm | 612.36g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 6 line illustrations
  • 0195180852
  • 9780195180855
  • 1,254,173

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Public Health is a masterfully built instrument created to take the reader on a journey through the thought-provoking exploration of a difficult subject. In all, this book stands as a unique resource, primarily for the way it brings together the voluminous experiences of experts in the field and, as such, stands as a source that belongs in every library. * International Journal of Epidemiology, *
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Table of contents

1. The Public Health Perspective ; 2. Autonomy and Paternalism ; 3. Justice and Health ; 4. Infectious Disease: Coercion and the Protection of Society ; 5. Regulation, Environmental and Occupational Health ; 6. Genetics and Public Health
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