Public Health - ethical issues

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The Nordic Committee on Bioethics organised a conference in Reykjavik in August 2010 to discuss ethical issues relating to public health. The speakers of the conference have contributed to this book, which offers wide multidisciplinary perspectives on themes around Individual Freedom and Public Health, Health Responsibility and Life Style, and Social Equality and Justice.




During the last decade, Public Health Ethics has started to emerge as own discipline. Public Health Ethics has been defined as being “concerned with the ethical issues that arise from all aspects of public health theory and practise” (Dawson 2006, p. 64). Pandemics (SARS, Swine Flu) explain part of the need for such a discipline, but also rapidly expanding noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) mostly due to unhealthy life-style choices alsogenerate ethical debate around policies and responsibilities surrounding health. Further, increasing health inequalities raise concern.


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