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
Date Written: December 7, 2009
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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