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Illuminating the art of medicine

Virtual Mentor. December 2007, Volume 9, Number 12: 785-857.

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December 2007 Contents

Ethics and Public Health: Physicians as Agents of the State

Ethics Poll

Physicians are mandated to report—by name—patients who have certain infectious diseases classified as "reportable." Physicians who do not comply with these laws should be fined or censured.
West Virginia is piloting a two-tiered Medicaid plan. Patients who sign contracts that they will keep appointments, adhere to treatment, and choose healthy lifestyles get benefits, e.g., weight-loss and anti-smoking programs, mental health services, diabetes management classes, that exceed the basic benefits offered to all.
Physicians and other health care professionals should have no part in seeking information about or reporting on the immigration status of patients they treat.

From the Editor

The Health of the Patient, the Health of the Public: Goals in Tension
Siddharth Srivastava
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Virtual Mentor. 2007; 9:787-789.

Educating for Professionalism

Clinical Cases

Role of Schools in Monitoring Student Health
Commentary by Benjamin Caballero
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Virtual Mentor. 2007; 9:790-793.

Smoking and Medicaid Benefits
Commentary by Cindy Tworek and Kimberly Horn
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Virtual Mentor. 2007; 9:794-798.

Communicable Disease and Immigration Fears
Commentary by Sonal S. Munsiff
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Virtual Mentor. 2007; 9:799-805.

Conley Contest Winning Essay

On the Road: A Physicianís Response to a Call for Voluntary Service
James E. Kelley
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Virtual Mentor. 2007; 9:806-810.

Journal Discussion

Convincing Physicians to Report Communicable Diseases
Sarah Lusk
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Virtual Mentor. 2007; 9:811-813.

Clinical Pearl

Diagnosing and Managing Pulmonary Tuberculosis
David Pitrak
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Virtual Mentor. 2007; 9:814-818.

Law, Policy, and Society

Health Law

Liability for Failure to Report Child Abuse
Lee Black
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Virtual Mentor. 2007; 9:819-822.

Policy Forum

Should Human Papillomavirus Vaccination Be Mandatory?
Raphael P. Viscidi and Keerti V. Shah
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Virtual Mentor. 2007; 9:823-826.

Mandatory Reporting of Noncommunicable Diseases: The Example of The New York City A1c Registry (NYCAR)
Clarissa G. Barnes, Frederick L. Brancati and Tiffany L. Gary
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Virtual Mentor. 2007; 9:827-831.

Medicine and Society

Doctors, the State, and the Ethics of Political Medical Practice
Dorothy Porter
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Virtual Mentor. 2007; 9:832-837.

History, Art, and Narrative

History of Medicine

Privacy and Public Health Surveillance: The Enduring Tension
Amy Fairchild, Ronald Bayer, and James Colgrove
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Virtual Mentor. 2007; 9:838-841.

Op-Ed and Correspondence

Op-Ed

Mandatory Reporting of Injuries Inflicted by Intimate Partner Violence
Carolyn J. Sachs
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Virtual Mentor. 2007; 9:842-845.

Resources

Suggested Readings and Resources
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Virtual Mentor. 2007; 9:846-853.

About the Contributors
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Virtual Mentor. 2007; 9:854-857.