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Public health ethics: what it is and how to do it

Stephen Holland

in Public health ethics and practice

Published by Policy Press

Published in print November 2009 | ISBN: 9781847421029
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447303114 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781847421029.003.0003
Public health ethics: what it is and how to do it

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This chapter provides a useful framework for thinking about public health ethical problems. It defines public health ethics as primarily concerned about the relationship between government, the individual and the community and how benefit and harm are distributed between individuals and the community. It suggests that public health ethics is part of medical ethics and bioethics and criticises the rights-based approach.

Keywords: public health ethics; government; individual; community; medical ethics; bioethics; rights-based approach

Chapter.  6272 words. 

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology

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