Shifting Visions of Disability: Public Health, Law & Ethics

Prof. Wendy E. Parmet, JD

Northeastern University School of Law

Thursday, February 6, 2003 - 1:15pm to 2:15pm

William G. Shepard Room, Frederick R. Weisman Art Museum

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In the last 30 years, political and intellectual movements have challenged the role of the medical profession in American life and law. The disability rights movement raises profound questions about the bioethics focus on patient autonomy and the public health emphasis on preventing disability. These tensions are becoming obvious in court cases on the definition of disability and the scope of patient rights. 

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Wendy Parmet

Wendy E. Parmet, JD, is Professor of Law at Northeastern University School of Law and Director of the JD/MPH program with Tufts University School of Medicine. Her research focuses on public health law, constitutional law, health care access, and disability law. She was co-counsel for the plaintiff in the Supreme Court's first HIV case, Bragdon v. Abbott. Prof. Parmet is on the Board of Editors of the Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics and the Board of Directors of the Public Health Advocacy Institute and of Health Law Advocates. She received her JD from Harvard Law School.