Populations, Public Health, and the Law


Populations, Public Health, and the Law Author: Format: Paperback / softback First Published: Published By: Georgetown University Press Pages: 304 Language: English ISBN: 9781589012615 Category:

Law plays a crucial role in protecting the health of populations. Whether the public health threat is bioterrorism, pandemic influenza, obesity, or lung cancer, law is an essential tool for addressing the problem. Yet for many decades, courts and lawyers have frequently overlooked law’s critical importance to public health. “Populations, Public Health, and the Law” seeks to remedy that omission.The book demonstrates why public health protection is a vital objective for the law and presents a new population-based approach to legal analysis that can help law achieve its public health mission while remaining true to its own core values. By looking at a diverse range of topics, including food safety, death and dying, and pandemic preparedness, Wendy E. Parmet shows how a population-based legal analysis that recalls the importance of populations and uses the tools of public health can enhance legal decision making while protecting both public health and the rights and liberties of individuals and their communities.

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A provocative, milestone contribution to the growing body of public health law scholarship. Journal of Legal Medicine Parmet offers a compelling, cohesive account of how lawmakers and policymakers view the role of law in protecting population health. Hastings Center Report

Author Biography

Wendy E. Parmet is George J. and Kathleen Waters Matthews Distinguished University Professor of Law at Northeastern University and directs the law school's dual degree JD-MPH program with Tufts University School of Medicine. She is a coauthor of Ethical Health Care.