Balancing Public Health and the Patients' Rights: The Threat of Bioterrorism

Wednesday, October 16, 2002 - 11:30am to 1:00pm

Mondale Hall, Room 25, University of Minnesota Law School

Is it possible to protect the public from threats of disaster – or even ordinary disease – without undermining the ethical and legal principles on which patient rights are based? Prof. Mariner explored the differences between medicine and public health and argue that uncritical endorsement of public health goals threatens patients' rights by ignoring fundamental values and legal principles.