Preventive Medicine between Obligation and Aspiration

  • Marcel¬†Verweij

Part of the International Library of Ethics, Law, and the New Medicine book series (LIME, volume 4)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Introduction

    1. Marcel Verweij
      Pages 1-9
  3. Preventive Medicine: Moral Problems and Moral Norms

  4. Obligation and Beyond

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 101-101
    2. Marcel Verweij
      Pages 103-122
    3. Marcel Verweij
      Pages 123-146
    4. Marcel Verweij
      Pages 147-170
    5. Marcel Verweij
      Pages 171-175
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 177-191

About this book


Preventive Medicine between Obligation and Aspiration is a study of ethical questions regarding mass screening, vaccination, and health policy programmes. These interventions aim to enhance public health but may also constrain personal autonomy and cause harm, and influence our moral views. So far, these issues have hardly been subject to systematic ethical analysis. This study aims to fill this gap by providing an overview of moral problems in preventive medicine and by explicating norms for good practice. Throughout the book it is argued that some moral concerns about prevention - namely concerns about medicalization - cannot be adequately grasped in terms of strict and binding moral norms. Various moral concepts and types of norms `beyond obligation' are explored and developed in order to give practical meaning to these rather vague concerns. In this way the book contributes to applied ethics as well as to ethical theory. It is of interest to professionals in public health and preventive medicine and to scholars in applied ethics and moral philosophy.


Ethics and Moral Philosophy Public Health applied ethics autonomy ethical theory ethics health health policy morality prevention preventive medicine screening

Authors and affiliations

  • Marcel¬†Verweij
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Centre for Bioethics and Health LawUtrecht UniversityThe Netherlands
  2. 2.Department of PhilosophyUniversity of AmsterdamThe Netherlands

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2000
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-90-481-5605-4
  • Online ISBN 978-94-015-9365-6
  • Series Print ISSN 1567-8008
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