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Ethics and Security Aspects of Infectious Disease Control

Interdisciplinary Perspectives, 1st Edition

By Michael J. Selgelid

Edited by Christian Enemark


264 pages

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The increasing emergence, re-emergence, and spread of deadly infectious diseases which pose health, economic, security and ethical challenges for states and people around the world, has given rise to an important global debate. The actual or potential burden of infectious diseases is sometimes so great that governments treat them as threats to national security. However, such treatment potentially increases the risk that emergency disease-control measures will be ineffective, counterproductive and/or unjust. Research on ethical issues associated with infectious disease is a relatively new and rapidly growing area of academic inquiry, as is research on infectious diseases within the field of security studies. This volume incorporates ethical and security perspectives, thus furthering research in both fields. Its unique focus on the intersection of ethical and security dimensions will, furthermore, generate fresh insights on how governments should respond to infectious disease challenges. Readers should include professionals and scholars working in infectious disease, epidemiology, public health, health law, health economics, public policy, bioethics, medical humanities, health and human rights, social/political philosophy, security studies, and international politics.


’An excellent composition of scholarly analysis and reflection. It helps to clarify the concepts, arguments and further needs for research, education and policy development in a contested area of Public Health. It is well composed and easily accessible, stimulating more work in this area. It has the potential to become a standard reference work.’ Ole Döring, Charité Universitätsmedizin, Berlin, Germany ’The International Relations community is still coming to grips with whether deadly infectious diseases should be framed as a global security concern. This edited collection provides a novel multidisciplinary analysis of the dilemma, allowing the reader to consider the ethical implications of such securitizing moves. As such, the book is a constructive and worthwhile contribution that is accessible to both academics and policy makers.’ Sara Davies, Griffith Asia Institute, Griffith University, Australia ’This multi-author, multi-disciplinary volume is an outstanding contribution to one of the most pressing problems the global community confronts today and in the future - how should we deal with the certainty of widespread outbreaks of naturally occurring infectious diseases as well as the possibility of deliberate or accidental release of pathologic infectious agents? The contributors to this book, all of whom are international experts, probe the ethical, social, economic and political foundations and consequences of programs of mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery for infectious diseases. It must be read by the wide audience involved in these issues - policy makers, academics, physicians and scientists, and the general public.’ Harvey Rubin, University of Pennsylvania, USA ’The emergence of infectious disease as a security threat raises a series of ethical questions, which are too often overlooked. This important volume establishes not only the significance of these questions, but their range and underpinning philosophies. As such it is

About the Author/Editor

Michael J. Selgelid is Associate Professor and Director of the Centre for Human Bioethics, Monash University, Australia. Christian Enemark is Reader in Global Health and International Politics at Aberystwyth University, UK.

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The benefits of globalization are potentially enormous, as a result of the increased sharing of ideas, cultures, life-saving technologies and efficient production processes. Yet globalization is under trial, partly because these benefits are not yet reaching hundreds of millions of the world's poor and partly because globalization has introduced new kinds of international problems and conflicts. Turmoil in one part of the world now spreads rapidly to others, through terrorism, armed conflict, environmental degradation or disease. This timely series provides a robust and multi-disciplinary assessment of the asymmetrical nature of globalization. Books in the series encompass a variety of areas, including global health and the politics of governance, poverty and insecurity, gender and health and the implications of global pandemics.

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