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Richard A. Goodman, Richard E. Hoffman, Wilfredo Lopez, Gene W. Matthews, Mark Rothstein, and Karen Foster

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780195301489

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195301489.001.0001

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Legal Authorities for Interventions in Public Health Emergencies

Legal Authorities for Interventions in Public Health Emergencies

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(p.262) Chapter 11 LEGAL AUTHORITIES FOR INTERVENTIONS IN PUBLIC HEALTH EMERGENCIES
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Law in Public Health Practice
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Gene W. Matthews

Ernest B. Abbott

Richard E. Hoffman

Martin S. Cetron

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195301489.003.0011

This chapter begins by providing the historical context to the current revision of legal authorities that may be needed in public health emergencies. It then describes the array of legal authorities available to practitioners, including the traditional public health powers to manage property and protect persons, as well as the federal and state emergency management laws and structures that must be brought carefully to bear during a public health emergency. Finally, it highlights cutting-edge emerging issues that are likely to challenge public health officials and stakeholders as the demands of 21st century public health emergency practice continue to unfold.

Keywords:   public health practice, legal authority, public health emergency, law

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