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Public Health, Ethics, and State Compulsion

Diekema, Douglas S. MD, MPH

Journal of Public Health Management and Practice: July-August 2008 - Volume 14 - Issue 4 - p 332–334
doi: 10.1097/01.PHH.0000324559.34415.a9
Commentary

This commentary discusses important questions about the balance between individual freedom and public health and the proper use of state power.

Douglas S. Diekema, MD, MPH, is Professor of Pediatrics and Adjunct Professor of Medical History and Ethics, University of Washington School of Medicine; Adjunct Professor, Department of Health Services, University of Washington School of Public Health; and Director of Education, Treuman Katz Center for Pediatric Bioethics, Children's Hospital and Regional Medical Center, Seattle, Washington.

Corresponding Author: Douglas S. Diekema, MD, MPH, MPW 8-2, Suite 500, Children's Hospital and Regional Medical Center, 1100 Olive Way, Seattle, WA 98101 (diek@u.washington.edu).

© 2008 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.