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American Contagions - Epidemics and the Law from Smallpox to COVID-19 (Hardcover) Loot Price: R422
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American Contagions - Epidemics and the Law from Smallpox to COVID-19 (Hardcover): John Fabian Witt

American Contagions - Epidemics and the Law from Smallpox to COVID-19 (Hardcover)

John Fabian Witt

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A concise history of how American law has shaped-and been shaped by-the experience of contagion"Contrarians and the civic-minded alike will find Witt's legal survey a fascinating resource"-Kirkus, starred review "Professor Witt's book is an original and thoughtful contribution to the interdisciplinary study of disease and American law. Although he covers the broad sweep of the American experience of epidemics from yellow fever to COVID-19, he is especially timely in his exploration of the legal background to the current disaster of the American response to the coronavirus. A thought-provoking, readable, and important work."-Frank Snowden, author of Epidemics and Society From yellow fever to smallpox to polio to AIDS to COVID-19, epidemics have prompted Americans to make choices and answer questions about their basic values and their laws. In five concise chapters, historian John Fabian Witt traces the legal history of epidemics, showing how infectious disease has both shaped, and been shaped by, the law. Arguing that throughout American history legal approaches to public health have been liberal for some communities and authoritarian for others, Witt shows us how history's answers to the major questions brought up by previous epidemics help shape our answers today: What is the relationship between individual liberty and the common good? What is the role of the federal government, and what is the role of the states? Will long-standing traditions of government and law give way to the social imperatives of an epidemic? Will we let the inequities of our mixed tradition continue?

General

Imprint: Yale University Press
Country of origin: United States
Release date: November 2020
Authors: John Fabian Witt
Dimensions: 203 x 127 x 15mm (L x W x T)
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 184
ISBN-13: 978-0-300-25727-4
Categories: Books > Medicine > General issues > History of medicine
Books > Humanities > History > American history > General
Books > Social sciences > Politics & government > Central government > Central government policies
Books > Law > Laws of other jurisdictions & general law > Social law > Public health & safety law
Books > Humanities > History > World history > From 1900 > Postwar, from 1945
Books > Social sciences > Sociology, social studies > Social issues > Illness & addiction: social aspects > General
Books > History > American history > General
Books > History > World history > From 1900 > Postwar, from 1945
LSN: 0-300-25727-9
Barcode: 9780300257274

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