SARS and Quarantine Laws

The effort to control the SARS epidemic is attracting attention to an issue that pits public health againt personal choice. When should the government have the power to quarantine? Join Neal Conan for a look at the history of quarantines laws in the United States and the current debate.


Lawrence Gostin
*Law and Public Health Professor at Georgetown University
*Director of the Center for Law and the Public's Health, a joint project of Johns Hopkins and Georgetown Universities

Jan Emerson
*Spokeswoman for the California Healthcare Association

Dr. Alfred Demaria
*Director of Communicable Diseases for the Massachusetts Department of Public Health

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