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Ethical and Legal Considerations in Mitigating Pandemic Disease

Lemon, S., Hamburg, M., Sperling, F., Choffnes, E., and Mack, A. (2007). Ethical and Legal Considerations in Mitigating Pandemic Disease. (Free download available; book also available for purchase.) Microbial Threats Workshop Summary, Institute of Medicine of the National Academies.

This workshop summary defines the critical legal and ethical issues involved in the implementation of plans. A historical lessons-learned approach is discussed based on prior pandemics and biological outbreaks. The political and legal issues associated with medical and non-medical approaches to disease containment include positive health outcomes as well as adverse effects and unintended consequences.
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