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The Patient as Victim and Vector, New Edition

Ethics and Infectious Disease

Margaret P. Battin

The Patient as Victim and Vector, New Edition

The Patient as Victim and Vector, New Edition

Ethics and Infectious Disease

The Patient as Victim and Vector, New Edition

 

This volume is jointly written by four authors at the University of Utah with expertise in bioethics, health law, and infectious disease. In collaboration they attempt to develop a normative framework sensitive to situations of disease transmission- situations in which the patient is not only a victim but a vector; i.e.


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Beschrijving The Patient as Victim and Vector, New Edition

This book-first published a decade before the COVID-19 pandemic erupted-is the first authored volume on ethical issues in infectious disease, "monumental" for its competence and comprehensiveness. It is augmented here with a new Preface on COVID-19. The book develops an ethical framework for exploring contagious infectious disease, the patient-as-victim-and-vector view, grounded in the biological fact that a person with a communicable infectious disease is not only a
victim of that disease, but at the same time also a potential vector. The patient may be both threatened, someone made ill or facing death, but also a threat, someone who may transmit an illness that will sicken or kill others. Clinical medicine has tended to see one part of this duality and public
health the other; the victim-AND-vector view insists on both, at one and the same time.

Against a background of methods from the long human history of contagious infectious disease-quarantine, isolation, cordon sanitaire, surveillance and contact tracing, testing by both archaic and modern methods, lockdown, and immunization-the victim-and-vector view spotlights ethical challenges for clinical medicine, research, public health, and health policy. These insights are probed in the new Preface on COVID-19 and are essential in our continuing struggle to address not only the current
coronavirus pandemic, but the next, and the next after that.


ISBN
9780197564547
Pagina's
592
Verschenen
NUR
870
Druk
2
Uitvoering
Paperback / softback
Taal
Engels
Uitgever
OUP USA

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