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Illuminating the art of medicine

Virtual Mentor. April 2006, Volume 8, Number 4: 191-291.

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April 2006 Contents

Ethical Questions Posed by Emerging Epidemics

Ethics Poll

1. During an outbreak of a life-threatening infectious disease, is a physician justified in choosing to evacuate to a disease-free zone?
2. If an infectious pandemic such as avian flu were to occur in the US today, the country is:
3. Have you ever asked a physician for a prescription of an antiviral or antibiotic medication, "just in case?"
4. When a decision to uphold the rights of an individual patient is at odds with safeguarding the public health, a physician's primary ethical responsibility is to:

From the Editor

Of Men and Microbes: Physicians and the Ethics of Epidemics
Amanda J. Redig
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Virtual Mentor. 2006; 8:194-196.

Educating for Professionalism

Clinical Cases

Autonomy and Public Health: When the Patient Is a Physician
Commentary by Parveen Parmar
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Virtual Mentor. 2006; 8:197-200.

"I'm Sorry but You Can't Leave": Patients, Physicians, and Quarantine
Commentary by Sarah H. Sutton and Alison Thompson
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Virtual Mentor. 2006; 8:201-207.

Should I Stay or Should I Go? The Physician in Time of Crisis
Commentary by Chris Feudtner and John Wadleigh
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Virtual Mentor. 2006; 8:208-213.

Changing the Rules in Times of Crisis: Do Desperate Times Allow Desperate Measures?
Commentary by Mona Loutfy
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Virtual Mentor. 2006; 8:214-218.

Journal Discussion

SARS Revisited
Anya Likhacheva
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Virtual Mentor. 2006; 8:219-222.

Clinical Pearl

Surveillance of Infectious Diseases Is Information for Action
Mark S. Dworkin
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Virtual Mentor. 2006; 8:223-226.

Law, Policy, and Society

Health Law

Is Mandatory Vaccination Legal in Time of Epidemic?
Sarah Fujiwara
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Virtual Mentor. 2006; 8:227-229.

Policy Forum

Infectious Disease Research and Dual-Use Risk
Maureen Kelley
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Virtual Mentor. 2006; 8:230-234.

Ethics of International Research: What Does Responsiveness Mean?
Christine Grady
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Virtual Mentor. 2006; 8:235-240.

Allocating Scarce Resources in a Pandemic: Ethical and Public Policy Dimensions
Martin A. Strosberg
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Virtual Mentor. 2006; 8:241-244.

Medicine and Society

Malaria and Global Infectious Diseases: Why Should We Care?
Sean C. Murphy
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Virtual Mentor. 2006; 8:245-250.

Twin Epidemics of Multidrug-Resistant Tuberculosis: Russia and New York City
Alison Bickford
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Virtual Mentor. 2006; 8:251-255.

Op-Ed and Correspondence

Op-Ed

The Threat of an Avian Flu Pandemic is Over-Hyped
Michael Fumento
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Virtual Mentor. 2006; 8:265-270.

History, Art, and Narrative

Medical Humanities

Art, AIDS, and Ethics
Kate Scannell
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Virtual Mentor. 2006; 8:271-276.

History of Medicine

Fourteenth-Century England, Medical Ethics, and the Plague
Jessica Mellinger
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Virtual Mentor. 2006; 8:256-260.

The Epidemic Intelligence Service--The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Disease Detectives
Douglas H. Hamilton
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Virtual Mentor. 2006; 8:261-264.

Resources

Suggested Readings and Resources
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Virtual Mentor. 2006; 8:277-288.

About the Contributors
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Virtual Mentor. 2006; 8:289-291.