Health of the people: The highest law?

Lawrence O. Gostin

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Law and ethics in population health are having a renaissance. Once fashionable during the Industrial and Progressive eras, the ideals of population health began to wither with the rise of liberalism in the late twentieth century. In its place came a sharpened focus on personal and economic freedom. Political attention shifted from population health to individual health and from public health to private medicine. This article articulates a rational for the salience of population health and offers an action agenda for improving the health of the population.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)509-515
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Law, Medicine and Ethics
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2004
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Issues, ethics and legal aspects
  • Health Policy


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