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Disease Eradication in the 21st CenturyImplications for Global Health$
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Stephen L. Cochi and Walter R. Dowdle

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780262016735

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262016735.001.0001

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The Moral Case for Eradication

The Moral Case for Eradication

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Disease Eradication in the 21st Century

Claudia I. Emerson

The MIT Press

This chapter presents arguments to pursue disease eradication from an ethical perspective that include the duty to rescue, the duty to future generations, and the notion of disease eradication as a global public good. It concludes by suggesting that ethical considerations should be weighed in the balance of reasons which inform decisions about whether or not to pursue disease eradication.

Keywords:   disease eradication, duty to rescue, future generations, public good, ethical considerations

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