Donald W. Light

Donald W. Light is Professor of Social Medicine and Psychiatry at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey School of Osteopathic Medicine and Senior Fellow at the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics.

  • Political Values and Health Care

    The German Experience

    Donald W. Light and Alexander Schuller

    These nineteen original essays explore the ways in which political and social values help to shape health care systems by analyzing what happened to the German health care system when it split after World War II into communist and noncommunist sectors. Since both systems evolved from the same foundation they form a natural experiment in history where the same phenomenon becomes divided into an experimental and control group. The book is the first to take advantage of this unique opportunity for comparative analysis; it is also the first social history of the German health care system from Bizmarck to the present. Donald Light's introduction, "State, Profession, and Political Values," is followed by eighteen essays grouped in four parts which cover the state and society, the social history of German health care, structural aspects of health care in the two Germanies, and healers and their patients.

    Essays in Part I compare structures and values of state and society, the medical-industrial complex, and sociological patterns in the two Germanies. Those in Part II take up the origin and development of compulsory health insurance, the consequences of the National Socialist takeover for the administration of sick funds and for panel doctors, public health policy following the war, and political values and reconstruction. Part III focuses on comparisons of social security and health care systems, political values and the regulation of hospital care, ideological influences on the organization of ambulatory and hospital medical care, state control and drug supply, and the organization of tuberculosis prevention. Essays in Part IV discuss qualification and professionalization in the health care professions, legal aspects of the physician-patient relationship, the problem of induced abortion, mother and child care, occupational health and the older worker, and ideology and psychotherapy.

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  • Vaccination Ethics and Policy

    Vaccination Ethics and Policy

    An Introduction with Readings

    Jason L. Schwartz and Arthur L. Caplan

    A comprehensive overview of important and contested issues in vaccination ethics and policy by experts from history, science, policy, law, and ethics.

    Vaccination has long been a familiar, highly effective form of medicine and a triumph of public health. Because vaccination is both an individual medical intervention and a central component of public health efforts, it raises a distinct set of legal and ethical issues—from debates over their risks and benefits to the use of government vaccination requirements—and makes vaccine policymaking uniquely challenging. This volume examines the full range of ethical and policy issues related to the development and use of vaccines in the United States and around the world. Forty essays, articles, and reports by experts in the field look at all aspects of the vaccine life cycle. After an overview of vaccine history, they consider research and development, regulation and safety, vaccination promotion and requirements, pandemics and bioterrorism, and the frontier of vaccination.

    The texts cover such topics as vaccine safety controversies; the ethics of vaccine trials; vaccine injury compensation; vaccine refusal and the risks of vaccine-preventable diseases; equitable access to vaccines in emergencies; lessons from the eradication of smallpox; and possible future vaccines against cancer, malaria, and Ebola.

    The volume intentionally includes texts that take opposing viewpoints, offering readers a range of arguments. The book will be an essential reference for professionals, scholars, and students.

    ContributorsJeffrey P. Baker, Seth Berkley, Luciana Borio, Arthur L. Caplan, R. Alta Charo, Dave A. Chokshi, James Colgrove, Katherine M. Cook, Louis Z. Cooper, Edward Cox, Douglas S. Diekema, Ezekiel J. Emanuel, Claudia I. Emerson, Geoffrey Evans, Ruth R. Faden, Chris Feudtner, David P. Fidler, Fiona Godlee, D. A. Henderson, Alan R. Hinman, Peter Hotez, Robert M. Jacobson, Aaron S. Kesselheim, Heidi J. Larson, Robert J. Levine, Donald W. Light, Adel Mahmoud, Edgar K. Marcuse, Howard Markel, Michelle M. Mello, Paul A. Offit, Saad B. Omer, Walter A. Orenstein, Gregory A. Poland, Lance E. Rodewald, Daniel A. Salmon, Anne Schuchat, Jason L. Schwartz, Peter A. Singer, Michael Specter, Alexandra Minna Stern, Jeremy Sugarman, Thomas R. Talbot, Robert Temple, Stephen P. Teret, Alan Wertheimer, Tadataka Yamada

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