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Searching Eyes Privacy, the State, and Disease Surveillance in America

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ISBN-10: 0520253256

ISBN-13: 9780520253254

Edition: 2007

Authors: Amy L. Fairchild, Ronald Bayer, James Colgrove, Daniel Wolfe

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This is the first overarching history of public health surveillance in the United States spanning more than a century of conflict and controversy. The practice of reporting the names of those with disease to health authorities inevitably poses questions about the interplay between the public imperative to control threats to the public's health and legal and ethical concerns about privacy. Authors Amy L. Fairchild, Ronald Bayer, and James Colgrove situate the tension inherent in public health surveillance in a broad social and political context and show how the changing meaning and significance of privacy have marked the politics and practice of surveillance since the end of the nineteenth century. Searching Eyes: Privacy, the State, and Disease Surveillance in Americafocuses first on early use of surveillance to control infectious diseases, particularly tuberculosis and syphilis--efforts that were strongly resisted by doctors because of the social stigma attached to both diseases--the perceived inability of public health to effectively intervene, and battles over professional terrain. The authors then examine the extension of surveillance to non-infectious conditions, exploring the histories of occupational disease, cancer, and the reporting of birth defects. In each of these instances, the potential subjects of surveillance demanded government monitoring to identify potential clusters of diseases, provide access to care, and evaluate treatment. The final chapters consider timely concerns about AIDS, childhood health surveillance, and the intersection of bioterrorism and the mandates of new federal privacy regulations.
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Book details

List price: $30.95
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 11/7/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 372
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.298
Language: English

Daniel Wolfe, born in the Bronx, attended P.S. 61, Hermann Ridder Junior High, and James Monroe High School. After graduation and brief work stints, he was drafted into the Korean War and earned a Bronze Star with a �V� for Valor. After his discharge, he graduated from CCNY, raised a family, and taught high school for thirty-five years before retiring. This is his third memoir.

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Preface: The Politics of Privacy, the Politics of Surveillance
Introduction: Surveillance and the Landscape of Privacy in Twentieth-Century America
The Rise of Surveillance and the Politics of Resistance
Opening Battles: Tuberculosis and the Foundations of Surveillance
Raising the Veil: Syphilis and Secrecy
Extending Surveillance: The Politics of Recognition
The Right to Know: Detection, Reporting, and Prevention of Occupational Disease
The Right to Be Counted: Confronting the "Menace of Cancer"
Who Shall Count the Little Children? From "Crippled Kiddies" to Birth Defects
Surveillance at Century's End: The Politics of Democratic Privacy
Aids, Activism, and the Vicissitudes of Democratic Privacy
Counting All Kids: Immunization Registries and the Privacy of Parents and Children
Panoptic Visions and Stubborn Realities in a New Era of Privacy
Conclusion: An Enduring Tension