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Reconsidering Law and Policy Debates
A Public Health Perspective


  • Editor: John G. Culhane, Health Law Institute, Widener University, School of Law
Wendy E. Parmet, Diane E. Hoffmann, Vernellia Randall, John G. Culhane, Evan Stark, Jon S. Vernick, Daniel W. Webster, Katherine Vittes, Elizabeth Weeks Leonard, Jean Macchiaroli Eggen
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  • Date Published: May 2014
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107672475

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  • This book approaches a variety of social and political issues that have become highly polarized and resistant to compromise by examining them through a population-based public health perspective. The topics included are some of the most contentious: abortion and reproductive rights; end-of-life issues, including the right to die and the treatment of pain; the connection between racism and poor health outcomes for African-Americans; the right of same-sex couples to marry; the toll of gun violence and how to reduce it; domestic violence and how the criminal justice model fails to deal with it effectively; and how tort compensation and punitive damages can further public health goals. People at every point along the political spectrum will find the book enlightening and informative. Written by eight authors, all of whom have cross-disciplinary expertise, this book shifts the focus away from the point of view of rights, politics, or morality and examines the effect of laws and policies from the perspective of public health and welfare.

    • Written by eight authors, each of whom has substantial cross-disciplinary expertise in such diverse areas as law, medicine, and public health law and policy
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    Product details

    • Date Published: May 2014
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107672475
    • length: 270 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 14 mm
    • weight: 0.37kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Birth and Death:
    1. Beyond privacy: a population approach to reproductive rights Wendy E. Parmet
    2. Stretching the boundaries of public health: should end of life care be a public health issue? Diane E. Hoffmann
    Part II. The Limits of Civil Rights:
    3. Dying while black in America: Maslow's hierarchy of need and racial policy-making Vernellia Randall
    4. Public health and marriage (equality) John G. Culhane
    Part III. Dimensions of Violence:
    5. Using public health to reform the legal and justice response to domestic violence Evan Stark
    6. Law and policy approaches to keeping guns from high risk people Jon S. Vernick, Daniel W. Webster and Katherine Vittes
    Part IV. Beyond Compensation: Public Features of Private Litigation:
    7. Tort litigation for the public's health Elizabeth Weeks Leonard
    8. Punitive damages and the public health agenda Jean Macchiaroli Eggen.

  • Editor

    John G. Culhane, Health Law Institute, Widener University, School of Law
    John G. Culhane is a Professor of Law and Director of the Health Law Institute at Widener University, School of Law. He is a lecturer at Yale University School of Public Health and a senior scholar at Thomas Jefferson University. He is the author of more than two dozen law review articles that have appeared in journals at Yale Law School, North Carolina School of Law, the University of Wisconsin School of Law, Fordham University School of Law, and William and Mary School of Law. Culhane is regularly featured in national and local broadcast and print media for his scholarship on a wide range of topics including public health issues, government responsibility, and compensation for victims of mass disasters. He blogs at and writes a weekly column for


    Wendy E. Parmet, Diane E. Hoffmann, Vernellia Randall, John G. Culhane, Evan Stark, Jon S. Vernick, Daniel W. Webster, Katherine Vittes, Elizabeth Weeks Leonard, Jean Macchiaroli Eggen

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