The SAGE Handbook of Healthcare Ethics is an influential collection of work by leading scholars on the fundamental and emerging themes which define healthcare ethics. This authoritative Handbook brings together experts with backgrounds in philosophy, sociology, law, public policy and the health professions and reflects the increasing impact of globalization and the dynamic advances in the fields of bioscience and genetics, which keep ethics at the centre of debates about the future direction of healthcare. Combining international and interdisciplinary perspectives, the Handbook provides a cutting-edge account of debates in five key areas: Health Care Ethics in an Era of Globalization; Beginning and End of Life; Vulnerable Populations; Research Ethics and Technologies; Public Health and Human Rights

Ethics of Environmental Health

Ethics of environmental health

Introduction: Ethical Issues of Environmental Health

The ways societies are organized contribute in numerous ways to the health of individuals. By producing highways, factories, nature parks, airports, cycling paths and elevators, society promotes or harms, intentionally or unintentionally, the health of individuals. These societal factors go of course hand-in-hand with physical factors, such as weather, soil characteristics on which crops are cultivated and volcanoes. All these factors contribute to the environment of healthy and unhealthy individuals.

The research and policy field of environmental health is therefore extremely complex and interdisciplinary and has many connections with other types of health research and policies (see for example Lawrence and Worsley, 2007). The ethics of environmental health gets its inspiration from the general ...

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