Public Health Ethics: Cases Spanning the Globe


Drue H. Barrett, Leonard W. Ortmann Angus Dawson, Carla Saenz, Andreas Reis Gail Bolan (Editors)

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May 3, 2016



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During the 21st Century, public health ethics has become one of the fastest growing
subdisciplines of bioethics. This is the fi rst book series dedicated to the topic of
public health ethics. It aims to fi ll a gap in the existing literature by providing
thoroughgoing, book-length treatment of the most important topics in public health ethic—which have otherwise, for the most part, only been partially and/or sporadically addressed in journal articles, book chapters, or sections of volumes concerned with public health ethics. Books in the series will include coverage of central topics in public health ethics from a plurality of disciplinary perspectives including: philosophy (e.g., both ethics and philosophy of science), political science, history, economics, sociology, anthropology, demographics, law, human rights, epidemiology, and other public health sciences. Blending analytically rigorous and empirically informed analyses, the series will address ethical issues associated with the concepts, goals, and methods of public health; individual (e.g., ordinary citizens’
and public health workers’) decision making and behaviour; and public policy. Inter alia, volumes in the series will be dedicated to topics including: health promotion; disease prevention; paternalism and coercive measures; infectious disease; chronic disease; obesity; smoking and tobacco control; genetics; the environment; public communication/trust; social determinants of health; human rights; and justice. A primary priority is to produce volumes on hitherto neglected topics such as ethical issues associated with public health research and surveillance; vaccination; tuberculosis; malaria; diarrheal disease; lower respiratory infections; drug resistance; chronic disease in developing countries; emergencies/disasters (including bioterrorism); and public health implications of climate change.