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Biotechnology and Infectious Diseases by Brooke A. Jude

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            CHAPTER 1            

INTRODUCTION TO INFECTIOUS DISEASES

1.1  INFECTIOUS DISEASES AS WICKED PROBLEMS

There are wicked problems facing the field of infectious disease. The term “wicked problems” was defined by Rittel and Webber in 1973 when comparing and contrasting the issues encountered in social policy and ethics (Rittel and Webber 1973). These are problems that multiple groups identify as needing solutions, however there are no linear solutions that meet all needs. All solutions have potential ramifications on the others and often come with benefits for some of the various groups overlapping in goals, while also in conflict with others. Wicked problems are defined by 10 features1 that describe why the solutions to these problems ...

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