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October 29, 2014

Quarantine: The politics are as real as the science

<p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: 19.0400009155273px;"><span style="line-height: 19.0400009155273px;">Implementation of medical quarantines in America brings into conflict various legitimate arguments regarding who, if anyone, should have the authority to restrict movements of citizens.</span><span style="line-height: 19.0400009155273px;">  </span><span style="line-height: 19.0400009155273px;">Quarantines are not new, but they exist now in a world with new dangers and new opportunities for abuse.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: 19.0400009155273px;"><span style="line-height: 19.0400009155273px;">In teaching medical students in recent years, it became apparent that many students found the concept of a home quarantine to be abhorrent.</span><span style="line-height: 19.0400009155273px;">  </span><span style="line-height: 19.0400009155273px;">Many were aghast at the concept that a patient could be restricted from daily activities, and found it an egregious violation of civil liberties and ethical conduct.</span><span style="line-height: 19.0400009155273px;">  </span><span style="line-height: 19.0400009155273px;">Interestingly, these views were often </span><span style="line-height: 19.0400009155273px; text-decoration: underline;">not</span><span style="line-height: 19.0400009155273px;"> mitigated substantially when students were informed that, in former days, quarantines were fairly common in this country and elsewhere.</span><span style="line-height: 19.0400009155273px;">  </span><span style="line-height: 19.0400009155273px;">In a world before the Internet in which home confinement was really quite restrictive, medical quarantines for diseases such as small pox, tuberculosis, or even measles were not uncommon.</span><span style="line-height: 19.0400009155273px;"> </span><span style="line-height: 19.0400009155273px;">Such quarantines were usually imposed by a local health official.</span><span style="line-height: 19.0400009155273px;">  </span><span style="line-height: 19.0400009155273px;">In addition, many families self-quarantined, or at least avoided exposure to potential sources of disease.</span><span style="line-height: 19.0400009155273px;"> </span><span style="line-height: 19.0400009155273px;">For example, some people used to avoid many summer activities for fear of contracting polio.</span><span style="line-height: 19.0400009155273px;">  </span><span style="line-height: 19.0400009155273px;">Due largely to the development of vaccination, many of the diseases that would have invoked a quarantine in earlier years are no longer of concern, and the concept of quarantine has become a bit anachronistic, even in a world that offers many portals that would seemingly make confinement less onerous.</span><span style="line-height: 19.0400009155273px;">  </span><span style="line-height: 19.0400009155273px;">But the topic of quarantine requires renewed consideration in the world of today.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: 19.0400009155273px;"><strong style="line-height: 19.0400009155273px; color: #34405b; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12px;">The Alden March Bioethics Institute offers a Master of Science in Bioethics, a Doctorate of Professional Studies in Bioethics, and Graduate Certificates in Clinical Ethics and Clinical Ethics Consultation. For more information on AMBI's online graduate programs, please visit our <a style="text-decoration: underline; color: #000099;" href="http://www.amc.edu/Academic/bioethics/index.cfm">website</a>.</strong></p>
December 10, 2012

Political opinions: fast herd or slow ideology?

Sometimes politicians make claims that may seem at odds with the ideological background they represent. Would you agree with your party if they presented a statement that went against their ideological foundation? Put this way, you would probably not, right? But in fact, you’d very likely do so. It’s been known for a while that in […]
March 9, 2012

DIY mobile EEG – real-time tracking in the store

OK here goes. A brief time ago we recorded real-time EEG while a person walked and shopped in a grocery store. An abbreviated version of the movie can be seen here. As you can see, besides the large frame showing what the person is oriented towards (although there is no eye-tracking) the smaller right hand […]

Published Articles (12)

American Journal of Bioethics: Volume 12 Issue 2 - Feb 2012

Seeking Better Health Care Outcomes: The Ethics of Using the "Nudge" J.S. Blumenthal-Barby

American Journal of Bioethics: Volume 12 Issue 2 - Feb 2012

Nudge, Nudge or Shove, Shove—The Right Way for Nudges to Increase the Supply of Donated Cadaver Organs Kyle Powys Whyte, Ph.D.

American Journal of Bioethics: Volume 11 Issue 8 - Aug 2011

Response to Open Peer Commentaries on ?The Concept of Voluntary Consent"

American Journal of Bioethics: Volume 11 Issue 2 - Feb 2011

Science and Behavior

American Journal of Bioethics: Volume 11 Issue 2 - Feb 2011

Behavioral Equipoise: A Way to Resolve Ethical Stalemates in Clinical Research

American Journal of Bioethics: Volume 10 Issue 4 - Apr 2010

Doing What We Can With Advance Care Planning

American Journal of Bioethics: Volume 10 Issue 4 - Apr 2010

Too Soon to Give Up: Re-examining the Value of Advance Directives

American Journal of Bioethics: Volume 9 Issue 4 - Apr 2009

Screening in the Dark: Ethical Considerations of Providing Screening Tests to Individuals When Evidence is Insufficient to Support Screening Populations

American Journal of Bioethics: Volume 9 Issue 2 - Feb 2009

Response to Commentaries on ?Patient Autonomy for the Management of Chronic Conditions: A Two-Component Re-Conceptualization?

American Journal of Bioethics: Volume 9 Issue 4 - Apr 2009

Response to Open Peer Commentaries for ?Ethical Considerations of Providing Screening Tests to Individuals When Evidence is Insufficient to Support Screening Populations?

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