Public Health Policy and Ethics

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Michael Boylan
Springer Science & Business Media, May 17, 2006 - Medical - 246 pages
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Public Health Policy and Ethics brings together philosophers and practitioners to address the foundations and principles upon which public health policy may be advanced. What is the basis that justifies public health in the first place? Why should individuals be disadvantaged for the sake of the group? How do policy concerns and clinical practice work together and work against each other? Can the boundaries of public health be extended to include social ills that are amenable to group-dynamic solutions? These are some of the crucial questions that form the core of this volume of original essays sure to cause practitioners to engage in a critical re-evaluation of the role of ethics in public health policy.

This volume is unique because of its philosophical approach. It develops a theoretical basis for public health and then examines cutting-edge issues of practice that include social and political issues of public health. In this way the book extends the usual purview of public health. Public Health Policy and Ethics is of interest to those working in public health policy, ethics and social philosophy. It may be used as a textbook for courses on public health policy and ethics, medical ethics, social philosophy and applied or public philosophy.

 

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Contents

PROFESSING PUBLIC HEALTH PRACTICING ETHICS AND ETHICS AS PRACTICE
1
THE GOOD OF PATIENTS AND THE GOOD OF SOCIETY STRIKING A MORAL BALANCE
17
TAKING ON BIG FAT THE RELATIVE RISKS AND BENEFITS OF THE WAR AGAINST OBESITY
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INDIVIDUAL RIGHTS SOCIAL JUSTICE AND THE ALLOCATION OF ADVANCES IN BIOTECHNOLOGY
59
JUSTICE IN ALLOCATIONS FOR TERRORISM BIOLOGICAL WARFAREAND PUBLIC HEALTH
73
A NEW BIOETHICS FRAMEWORK FOR FACILITATING BETTER DECISIONMAKING ABOUT GENETIC INFORMATION
91
SANCTITY OF LIFE VS QUALITY OF LIFE IN MATERNALFETAL SURGERY PERSONAL AND PUBLIC PRIORITIES
102
GUN CONTROL AND PUBLIC HEALTH
119
FROM FEAR TO ETERNITY VIOLENCE AND PUBLIC HEALTH
135
THE POLITICS OF PREVENTING PREMATURE DEATH
167
THE RIGHT TO DIE AND THE RIGHT TO HEALTH CARE
186
GLOBAL JUSTICE AND HEALTH IS HEALTH CARE A BASIC RIGHT?
203
ADVOCACY AND COMMUNITY CONFLICTS OF INTEREST IN PUBLIC HEALTH RESEARCH
223
ABOUT THE CONTRIBUTORS
237
INDEX
241
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Michael Boylan is the Chair of Philosophy, Theology, and Religious Studies at Marymount University. He is also the author of "A Just Society "(2004), "Ethics Across the Curriculum: A Practice-Based Approach "(2003, with James A. Donahue), and "Basic Ethics "(2000). He received his Ph.D. from University of Chicago.

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