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Published: 08 December 2011

416 Pages


ISBN: 9780199837373

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Prevention vs. Treatment

What's the Right Balance?

Edited by Halley S. Faust, MD, MPH, MA and Edited by Paul T. Menzel, Ph.D.

  • Compares prevention and treatment by looking comprehensively-philosophically, legally, religiously, and scientifically-at their underlying values.
  • Contrary to common beliefs that prevention is lamentably underemphasized, there may be grounds in contemporary western values for prioritizing treatment over prevention, though rationally that appears to make little sense. Numerous essays in the volume carefully examine such alleged reasons for according moral priority to treatment.
  • Philosopher Norman Daniels for the first time lays out a view of the prevention-treatment relationship in the context of his influential theory of justice in health and health care.
  • Major religious traditions are explored for their views on the relative importance of treatment and prevention, as is the interesting intersection of western acute medicine and Confucian values in Hong Kong.

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