Medicine, Health Care and Philosophy

, Volume 15, Issue 2, pp 243–247 | Cite as

Short literature notices

  • Roberto Andorno
Short Literarture Notices

Annas, G. J: 2010, Worst Case Bioethics: Death, Disaster, and Public Health. New York: Oxford University Press. 335 pages. ISBN 978-0-195391732. Price: £15.99

George Annas examines worst case scenarios in the American context and assesses their impacts on individuals, physicians and the government. He wistfully discusses the diverging views on disconcerting topics such as death and disaster.

In the aftermath of World War II, international treaties such as the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the revised Geneva Conventions aimed at providing a legal framework to foster the respect of basic human rights or regulating situations of conflict. However, post-9/11, the US government using the pretext of potential future terrorist attacks opted to disregard the latter rules of law. Annas illustrates that worst case scenario thinking has not benefited the country’s reputation but that it rather affected its credibility and also argues that even in emergency situations the available...


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of LawUniversity of ZurichZurichSwitzerland

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