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The Patient as Victim and Vector: Ethics and Infectious Disease

Margaret P. Battin, Leslie P. Francis, Jay A. Jacobson, and Charles B. Smith


Bioethics emerged at a time when infectious disease was not a major concern, and thus never developed a normative framework sensitive to disease transmission. This book develops the “patient as victim and vector” view to explore issues in clinical medicine, research, public health, and health policy. The central idea of this book is that a patient with a communicable infectious disease should be understood both as a victim of that disease and also as a potential vector—both a person who is ill and may die but who also may transmit an illness that could sicken or kill others. Bioethics has in g ... More

Keywords: bioethics, communicability, public health, health law, constraint, pandemic, global health

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780195335842
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2009 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195335842.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Margaret P. Battin, author
University of Utah
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Leslie P. Francis, author
University of Utah
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Jay A. Jacobson, author
University of Utah
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