The Private and the Public Dilemmas
  • George P. SmithII


The blight of infectious disease has been an all-too-frequent and tragic element in the record of civilization, with plagues recorded in the Old Testament’s Book of Exodus 9:14 and as early as 500 b.c. 1 When, in Europe, from 1348–1350 the Black Death or bubonic plague occurred, it was regarded universally as the most devastating and lethal disaster in the annals of recorded history.2 In 1918, some 500,000 Americans died as the result of a swine flu epidemic3; and in 1976, anticipating yet another such epidemic, the federal government initiated an intensive campaign to protect, through free vaccination, those deemed to be within the high-risk group.4


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  • George P. SmithII
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  1. 1.The Catholic University of America School of LawUSA

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