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The Law and Infectious Disease
Last Featured: 4/14/2008

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The way in which governments and intergovernmental organizations like the World Health Organization and the United Nations respond to the potential spread of infectious disease is being debated across the globe. Public health measures intended to prevent the spread of epidemics — from HIV/Aids to Avian Flu, MRSA to Tuberculosis — raise many legal questions about privacy and civil liberties. Tune in to this edition of Justice Talking as we explore how health officials manage the spread of infectious disease and what it may mean for your rights.

Disease and Stigma
Jill Replogle reports from San Francisco on an outbreak of MRSA, and the political fallout.

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Killer Bugs
Host Margot Adler speaks with infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci on human susceptibility to disease and the recent scares.

Dr. Anthony Fauci is the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease at the National Institutes of Health.

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Debate: Quarantine Laws
Host Margot Adler talks to public health experts Lawrence Gostin and Wendy Parmet about how the law should respond to threat of pandemic disease.

Lawrence Gostin is Associate Dean and the Linda D. and Timothy J. O’Neill Professor of Global Health Law at the Georgetown University Law Center, where he directs the O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law. He is also Professor of Public Health at the Johns Hopkins University.

Wendy Parmet is the George J. and Kathleen Waters Matthews Distinguished Professor and Professor of Law at Northeastern University School of Law and Program Director of the law school’s dual degree J.D.-M.P.H. program with Tufts University School of Medicine. She is the co-author of Ethical Health Care.

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Where Have All the Antibiotics Gone?
Host Margot Adler speaks with internal medicine expert Dr. Donald Poretz about how the rate of antibiotics development is going down.

Dr. Donald M. Poretz is the president of the Infectious Disease Society of America and a clinical professor of internal medicine at Georgetown University School of Medicine.

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Vaccines: A Love/Hate Relationship
Host Margot Adler speaks with journalist and author Arthur Allen about the history of vaccination and the recent controversy over childhood vaccines.

Arthur Allen is the author of Vaccine: the Controversial Story of Medicine’s Greatest Lifesaver. He also writes about biological sciences and medicine for publications such as The New York Times, Washington Post and Slate.com.

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WEB EXTRA: Are There Good Germs?
Author Jessica Snyder Sachs comments on whether or not getting sick can be good for you.

Jessica Snyder Sachs is the author of Good Germs, Bad Germs: Health and Survival in a Bacterial World, published by the Hill & Wang division of Farrar, Strauss and Giroux.

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