Searching Eyes

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2007-10-22
  • Publisher: Univ of California Pr
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This is the first history of public health surveillance in the United States to span more than a century of conflict and controversy. The practice of reporting the names of those with disease to health authorities inevitably poses questions about the interplay between the imperative to control threats to the public's health and legal and ethical concerns about privacy. Authors Amy L. Fairchild, Ronald Bayer, and James Colgrove situate the tension inherent in public health surveillance in a broad social and political context and show how the changing meaning and significance of privacy have marked the politics and practice of surveillance since the end of the nineteenth century.

Author Biography

Amy L. Fairchild is Associate Professor with the Center for History and Ethics of Public Health in the Department of Sociomedical Sciences at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrationsp. ix
List of Abbreviationsp. xi
Forewordp. xiii
Preface: The Politics of Privacy, the Politics of Surveillancep. xv
Acknowledgmentsp. xxi
Introduction: Surveillance and the Landscape of Privacy in Twentieth-Century Americap. 1
The Rise of Surveillance and the Politics of Resistance
Opening Battles: Tuberculosis and the Foundations of Surveillancep. 33
Raising the Veil: Syphilis and Secrecyp. 58
Extending Surveillance: The Politics of Recognition
The Right to Know: Detection, Reporting, and Prevention of Occupational Diseasep. 83
The Right to Be Counted: Confronting the "Menace of Cancer"p. 113
Who Shall Count the Little Children? From "Crippled Kiddies" to Birth Defectsp. 144
Surveillance at Century's End: The Politics of Democratic Privacy
Aids, Activism, and the Vicissitudes of Democratic Privacyp. 173
Counting All Kids: Immunization Registries and the Privacy of Parents and Childrenp. 204
Panoptic Visions and Stubborn Realities in a New Era of Privacyp. 228
Conclusion: An Enduring Tensionp. 251
Notesp. 257
Indexp. 329
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