Ethics and epidemiology

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Oxford University Press, Mar 16, 2009 - Medical - 315 pages
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Written by epidemiologists, ethicists and legal scholars, this book provides an in-depth account of the moral problems that often confront epidemiologists, including both theoretical and practical issues.

The first edition has sold almost three thousand copies since it was published in 1996. This edition is fully revised and includes three new chapters:Ethical Issues in Public Health Practice, Ethical Issues in Genetic Epidemiology, and Ethical Issues in International Health Research and Epidemiology. These chapters collectively address important developments of the past decade.

Three chapters from the first edition have also been reorganized: Ethicall Optimized Study Deisgns in Epidemiology, Ethical Issues in Epidemiologic Research with Children, and The Ethics of Epidemiologic Research with Older Populations. Instead of standing alone, these chapters have been integrated into chapters on informed consent, confidentiality and privacy protection, and community-based intervention studies.

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Contents

Historical Foundations
3
Moral Foundations
22
Toward a Philosophy of Epidemiology
53
Copyright

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Stephen S. Coughlin, Epidemiology and Applied Research Branch, Division of Cancer Prevention and Control, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Thomas L. Beauchamp, Professor of Philosophy and a Senior Research Scholar, Kennedy Institute of Ethics, Georgetown University. Douglas L.Weed, Chief, Office of Preventive Oncology and Dean of Education and Training, Division of Cancer Prevention, National Cancer Institute.

A philosopher and writer in the field of biomedical ethics, Thomas Beauchamp was born in Austin, Texas. He was educated at Southern Methodist University, where he received his B.A. and M.A. degrees; at Yale University; and at Johns Hopkins, where he earned a Ph.D. in 1970. That same year Beauchamp joined the philosophy department at Georgetown University, becoming professor of philosophy in 1979. He also served as senior research scholar with the Center for Bioethics at Georgetown's Kennedy Institute. Beauchamp is an influential leader and teacher in the emerging field of biomedical ethics, which deals with the interrelationship of ethics and the complex technology of modern medicine. His concerns have embraced the philosophical and ethical dimensions of health care, therapeutic practice, and medical and biological research. His best known work, Principles of Biomedical Ethics (1979), was the first of an impressive series of studies he produced in the field of bioethics.

Stephen S. Coughlin, Epidemiology and Applied Research Branch, Division of Cancer Prevention and Control, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Thomas L. Beauchamp, Professor of Philosophy and a Senior Research Scholar, Kennedy Institute of Ethics, Georgetown University. Douglas L.Weed, Chief, Office of Preventive Oncology and Dean of Education and Training, Division of Cancer Prevention, National Cancer Institute.