Arresting the White Death : Preventive Detention, Confinement For Treatment, and Medical Ethics

TitleArresting the White Death : Preventive Detention, Confinement For Treatment, and Medical Ethics
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication1995
AuthorsDavis, M
JournalAmerican Philosophical Association, Newsletter on Philosophy and Medicine Newsletter
Volume94
Issue2
Pagination92-98
Date PublishedSpring 1995
PublisherAmerican Philosophical Association
KeywordsBIOETHICS , PSYCHOLOGY
AbstractThis article looks at when it is morally permissible to quarantine contagious individuals to protect public health, especially in the case of tuberculosis. Davis looks at the laws in place in New York City which allow the City's Department of Public Health to order that a person be removed to a hospital or detained for treatment only if the Department has found the tuberculosis to be active and, without treatment, be likely to be transmitted to others. Davis argues that this is permissible and goes on to explain his reasoning.
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