For Immediate Release

Newly Revised Manual Addresses Right of Privacy, HIV/AIDS Policy and Other Legal Aspects of Personal Health Services

The Public Health Law Manual
3 rd Edition
Author: Frank P. Grad, LLB

Washington, D.C., December 21, 2004 – The classic legal authority on public health, The Public Health Law Manual, now features an in-depth analysis of the new Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act Privacy Rule providing the first national standards for the confidentiality of patients’ health information.

Like the previous two editions, this edition is addressed primarily to health professionals in the broad and expanding field of public health—those who are responsible for assuring conditions in which people can be healthy. The manual provides enriched material on legal aspects of personal health services, including right of privacy, recent abortion and “right to die” cases and an expanded discussion of law and policy governing HIV/AIDS.

“I have seen no other book on the subject that delves into the day-to-day issues confronting a public health practitioner in such breadth and depth, and in such a practical manner,” said Wilfredo Lopez, general counsel for health in New York City. “What other book explains the functioning of home rule, or of the principle of the separation of church and state, in the context of public health?”

A new chapter, entitled “The Need for Public International Concern,” gives a sweeping review of examples of the principal international agencies, treaties, legal instruments and documents on international public health policies, including SARS, bioterrorism, ozone depletion and global warming. The chapter also offers an analysis on the nature of international public health law.

The manual explores other legal public health topics, including effective communication with lawyers; legal sources of public health powers; due process; laws related to communicable disease; permits, licenses and registrations; and searches and inspections.

“Health professionals in governmental agencies working to protect ‘population health’ will find in this manual the theory or rationale for public health laws, methods of enforcing these laws, and, in some instances, the law as it should be,” wrote Ruther Roemer, JD, adjunct professor emerita at the University of California, Los Angeles, and past president of the American Public Health Association. “Thus, the book is invaluable for transforming the black letter of the law on the statute books into real-life protection of the public’s health.”

Ordering Information: Published by the American Public Health Association, 2005, ISBN: 0-87553-042-7, 371 pages, cost is $38.50 ($26.95 for APHA members), plus shipping and handling. To order, call toll free (888) 320-APHA; fax (888) 361-APHA; e-mail or visit APHA’s Web site:

Please send your request for a review copy on letterhead to APHA Publications Marketing, 800 I Street, NW, Washington, D.C. 20001-3710, or fax to (202) 777-2531.

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