Public Health Ethics: Cases Spanning the Globe introduces broad public health topics and their practical uses. Medical professionals need to make difficult decisions everyday, and the more knowledge, the better. Therefore, this textbook lays out important issues and case studies to guide readers through tough topics. For example, some public health ethics cases hit on touchy subjects, including obesity, HIV, and vaccinations. The textbook also discusses treatments for struggling infants, smokers, and asylum seekers, just to name a few. These examples span the globe, as the book’s title suggests, from Haiti to Mongolia to Greece to New Zealand.
Doctors know that certain populations have higher risks for certain diseases, and their choices are crucial to patients’ lives. However, navigating these decisions is not always easy. They can touch upon issues of race, religion, identity, region, and beyond. So, Public Health Ethics: Cases Spanning the Globe also provides succinct advice informed by the case studies. Readers will learn ethical frameworks and a three-step approach to public health decision making. Plus, they will learn about the types of resources available to them. Ultimately, the book aims to give medical students and practicing doctors and nurses contextual guidance and tools to face challenges in public health. It also encourages health professionals to view their jobs through an ethical lens.
About the Editors of Public Health Ethics: Cases Spanning the Globe
Angus Dawson is a professor of bioethics and director of Sydney Health Ethics at the University of Sydney’s School of Public Health.
Leonard W. Ortmann is a senior ethics consultant for the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. He holds a Ph.D. in philosophy from Yale University.
Drue H. Barrett is the lead of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s P.H. Ethics Unit. She is also chair of the CDC’s public health ethics committee.