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Are There Characteristics of Infectious Diseases that Raise Special Ethical Issues?

Developing World Bioethics, Vol. 4, No. 1, pp. 1-16, 2004

9 Pages Posted: 8 Dec 2009  

Charles B. Smith

University of Utah

Leslie P. Francis

University of Utah - S.J. Quinney College of Law

Margaret Pabst Battin

University of Utah - Department of Philosophy

Jeffrey Botkin

University of Utah - Pediatric Administration

Jay A. Jacobson

University of Utah - School of Medicine

Beverly Hawkins

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Emily P. Asplund

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Gretchen J. Domek

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Date Written: December 7, 2009

Abstract

Bioethics developed as a field at a time when infectious diseases were thought largely to have been conquered. As a result, paradigms of analysis in the field looked largely to diseases such as cancer or dementia that could be viewed as posing problems about individualized treatment. This article examines characteristics of infectious disease – communicability, acuity, and treatability, among others – that raise different issues for bioethics, or that press traditional issues such as confidentiality in new directions.

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Smith, Charles B. and Francis, Leslie P. and Battin, Margaret Pabst and Botkin, Jeffrey and Jacobson, Jay A. and Hawkins, Beverly and Asplund, Emily P. and Domek, Gretchen J., Are There Characteristics of Infectious Diseases that Raise Special Ethical Issues? (December 7, 2009). Developing World Bioethics, Vol. 4, No. 1, pp. 1-16, 2004. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1520157

Charles Smith

University of Utah ( email )

1645 E. Campus Center
Salt Lake City, UT 84112
United States

Leslie Francis (Contact Author)

University of Utah - S.J. Quinney College of Law ( email )

383 S. University Street
Salt Lake City, UT 84112-0730
United States

Margaret Battin

University of Utah - Department of Philosophy ( email )

215 South Central Campus Dr.
Carolyn Tanner Irish Humanities Building
Salt Lake City, UT 84112
United States
(801) 581-6608 (Phone)
(801) 585-5195 (Fax)

Jeffrey Botkin

University of Utah - Pediatric Administration ( email )

1645 E. Campus Center
Salt Lake City, UT 84112
United States

Jay Jacobson

University of Utah - School of Medicine ( email )

30 N 1900 E
Salt Lake City, UT 84112
United States
(801) 408-1135 (Phone)

Beverly Hawkins

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Emily Asplund

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Gretchen Domek

affiliation not provided to SSRN

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