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Welcome to the companion web site to Public Health Law and Ethics: A Reader. This site will enhance your reading experience and serve as an important resource as you continue your study of public health law. I have long been fascinated by the intersection of public health, law, ethics, and human rights. It is my hope that you will find these topics and issues as intriguing as I do.

Lawrence O. Gostin


1 Public Health Law, Ethics, and Human Rights: Mapping the Issues
Full text of chapter 1
2 Public health: the population-based perspective
  Report of the Sanitary Commission of Massachusetts • On the Mode of Communication of Cholera • Healthy People 2010 • Links to public health organizations • The Future of the Public’s Health in the 21st Century
  A Public Health Code of Ethics • World Bank Country Reports on Health, Nutrition, Population, and Poverty • Tradition, Profession, and Values in Public Health: A Training Module
4 Human rights and public health
  Universal Declaration of Human Rights • General Comment No. 14: The Right to the Highest Attainable Standard of Health • International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights • International Covenant on Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights
5 Reasoning in public health: philosophy, risk, and cost
  Benning v. Vermont • School Board of Nassau County, Florida v. Arline • United States v. Ottati & Goss, Inc. • Industrial Union Department, AFL-CIO v. American Petroleum Institute




6 Public health duties and powers
  Peconic Baykeeper v. Suffolk County • DeShaney v. Winnebago County Department of Social Services • Geier v. American Honda Motor Co. • South Dakota v. Dole • United States v. Lopez • Solid Waste Agencyv. United States Army Corps of Engineers • Printz v. United States • Westside Mothers v. Haveman • Strawser v. Atkins • Sprietsma v. Mercury Marine • Lorillard Tobacco v. Reilly • University of Alabama v. Garrett • United States v. Morrison
7 Public health and the protection of individual rights
  Kirk v. Board of Health • Yick Wo v. Hopkins • Jacobson v. Massachusetts • Jew Ho v. Williamson • City of Cleburne v. Cleburne Living Center • Mathews v. Eldridge • Greene v. Edwards • United States v. Emerson • Romer v. Evans • Board of Regents v. Roth

8 Public health regulation of property and the professions
  Boreali v. Axelrod • FDA v. Brown & Williamson Tobacco Corp. • Whitman v. American Trucking Associations, Inc. • See v. Seattle • New York v. Burger • Dent v. West Virginia • Lucas v. South Carolina Coastal Council • Philip Morris, Inc. v. Harshbarger • Philip Morris, Inc. v. Reilly • Lochner v. New York • The Regulation of Nuisances in the American Colonies • City of New York v. New St. Marks Baths

9 Tort litigation for the public’s health
  Chicago v. Beretta • Cincinnati v. Beretta • Daubert v. Merrell Dow Pharmaceuticals, Inc. • General Electric Co. v. Joiner • Kumho Tire Co., Ltd. v. Carmichael •

10 Surveillance and public health research: privacy and the "right to know"
  Whalen v. Roe • MMWR Summary of Notifiable Diseases • CDC Guidelines for National HIV Case Surveillance • HIPAA Regulations: Use of Information for Public Health Purposes • The Model State Public Health Privacy Act • Tarasoff v. Regents of the University of California • Presidential Apology for the Tuskegee Study • CDC Tuskegee Study Web Site

11 Health promotion: education, persuasion, and free expression
  Pelman v. McDonald’s Corporation (Court of Appeals) • NYC C.L.A.S.H., Inc. v. City of New York, et al. • Pelman v. McDonald’s Corporation • Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corp. v. Public Service Commission of New York • Rubin v. Coors Brewing Co. • 44 Liquormart, Inc. v. Rhode Island • International Dairy Foods Association v. Amestoy • Posadas de Puerto Rico Associates v. Tourism Company of Puerto Rico • Bad Frog Brewery, Inc. v. New York State Liquor Authority • Lorillard Tobacco v. Reilly • Thompson v. Western States Medical Center

12 Biological interventions to control infectious disease: immunization, screening, and treatment
  International Health Regulations • International Health Regulations – Comments • WHO Avian Influenza Report • Achievements in Public Health, 1900-1999: Control of Infectious Diseases • Ferguson v. City of Charleston • Skinner v. Railway Labor Executives’ Association • Treasury Employees Union v. Von Raab • McCarthy v. Boozman • Achievements in Public Health, 1900-1999: Impact of Vaccines Universally Recommended for Children • Smallpox Emergency Personnel Protection Act • Brown v. Stone • National, State, and Urban Area Vaccination Coverage Levels among Children Aged 19-35 Months • Zucht v. King

13 Restrictions of the person: civil confinement and criminal punishment
  The Origin of "Quarantine" • Local Quarantine and Inoculation for Smallpox in the American Colonies • Kirk v. Board of Health • City of New York v. Antoinette R, • Indiana v. Haines • New Jersey v. Smith • United States v. Moore • United States v. Johnson • United States v. Sturgis



  Model State Emergency Health Powers Act • General Accounting Office Reports • West Nile Virus: A State of the Art Assessment of Law and Policy