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Steven S. Coughlin, Tom L. Beauchamp, and Douglas L. Weed

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780195322934

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195322934.001.0001

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Historical Foundations

Historical Foundations

(p.3) 1 Historical Foundations
Ethics and Epidemiology

Steven S. Coughlin

Oxford University Press

This chapter considers the history of the rise of ethical concerns in the public health movement and epidemiology, which is the study of the distribution and determinants of disease in human populations. It offers an overview of early developments in public health and ethics and discusses more recent developments, including the origins of bioethics, regulatory safeguards for human subjects research, and contemporary epidemiologic ethics.

Keywords:   ethics, epidemiology, epidemiologic ethics, bioethics, human subjects research

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