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Public health ethics and practice$
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Stephen Peckham and Alison Hann

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9781847421029

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781847421029.001.0001

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Theory and practice in public health ethics: a complex relationship

Theory and practice in public health ethics: a complex relationship

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(p.191) TWELVE Theory and practice in public health ethics: a complex relationship
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Public health ethics and practice
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Angus Dawson

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781847421029.003.0012

This chapter examines the complex relationship between theory and practice in public health ethics. It outlines the relationship between three related but distinct concepts of theories, frameworks and models, and argues against the claim that the priority of public health ethics should be given to individual liberty. It suggests that we ought to embrace a view of public health ethics that derives from the nature of public health itself, one that sees a more interventionist role for the state in protecting and promoting the health of the public.

Keywords:   public health ethics, theory, practice, theories, frameworks, individual liberty, interventionist role

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