Podcast | Southern Medicine | February 28, 2020

Ethical Issues in Public Health and Physician Responsibilities in Disease Outbreaks, Epidemics, and Pandemics

Dr. G. Richard Holt, professor emeritus and clinical professor at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, examines  both the public health and ethical issues associated with the current novel coronavirus infections and explains the differences in disease outbreak, epidemic, and pandemic in the context of this current health crisis. He also discusses some of the current health protocols and offers insight into ethical issues involved in the necessity to contain and isolate possible exposed individuals when implementing the public health protocols.

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G. Richard Holt, MD, MSE, MPH, MABE, DBioethics, is professor emeritus and clinical professor at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. His areas of clinical practice and research include tissue reconstruction, upper respiratory diseases, trauma and disaster management, and bioengineering. He holds advanced degrees in public health, engineering, health policy, and bioethics.

Resources

  1. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention — Coronavirus interim guidance for physicians
  2. AMA Code of Medical Ethics’ Opinion on Physician Duty to Treat