University of Hertfordshire

The role of law in public health

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  • R. Martin
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Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Philosophy of Public Health
EditorsA. Dawson
PublisherAshgate Publishing
ISBN (Print)978-0-7546-9357-4, 978-0-7546-6043-9
Publication statusPublished - 2009


Is there anything which law can contribute to the improvement of public health? We already have a profession of public health practitioners from a wide range of disciplines, epidemiologists, statisticians, doctors, sociologists, research scientists and health economists, doing sterling work to protect us from communicable and non-communicable disease. We also have a developing scholarship on public health ethics, not yet as sophisticated and refined as medical ethics, but with the potential to provide a useful framework for good public health practice. Is there any added value in introducing law as yet another form of public health governance? [opening paragraph]


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