Public Health Law & Policy in Canada

By Bonham, Gerald | Canadian Journal of Public Health, September/October 2006 | Go to article overview

Public Health Law & Policy in Canada


Bonham, Gerald, Canadian Journal of Public Health


Public Health Law & Policy in Canada Tracey M. Bailey, Timothy Caulfield, Nola M. Ries (Eds.), Markham, ON: Lexis Nexis, Butterworths, 2005; 565 pp.

A Canadian book on public health law is long overdue. Practitioners of public health frequently encounter legal difficulties that, for resolution, require senior public health administrators to interact with legal experts. The problem is that public health professionals do not know enough about public health law nor are assigned lawyers familiar enough with public health legislation. Let the mutual education begin and this book is an excellent start. My compliments to the authors for their very readable text.

The editors correctly assert that there has been a worldwide explosion in public health law reform fueled by concerns for new infectious diseases and by the heightened need to prepare for bioterrorism.

The chapters include legal foundations of public health in Canada, public health ethics, privacy and confidentiality, vaccines, HIV/AIDS, injuries, tobacco control, Aboriginal health, environmental health, food-borne illnesses, criminal justice, genetics, and the Quebec arrangements for public health. …

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