Medical Law and Ethics covers not only the core legal principles, key cases, and statutes that govern medical law, but also explores the key ethical debates and dilemmas that exist in the field to ensure that the law is firmly embedded within its context. The title highlights these debates, drawing angles from other jurisdictions, religious beliefs, and feminist perspectives which influence legal regulations. Other features such as ‘a shock to the system’, ‘public opinion’, and ‘reality check’ introduce further sociological aspects, contributing to the way in which the subject is approached. This new edition also includes a new chapter on the medical law governing children and discussion of the response to the COVID pandemic. It also discusses important developments in the case law governing the Mental Capacity Act, clinical negligence, abortion, and reproduction.
Keywords:religious beliefs, feminist perspectives, legal regulations, public opinion, NHS, mental capacity, euthanasia, Assisted Dying Bill
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- 1. Ethics and Medical Law
- 2. The Structure of the National Health Service and the Rationing of Healthcare Resources
- 3. Medical Negligence
- 4. Consent to Treatment
- 5. Children and Medicine
- 6. Mental Health Law
- 7. Confidentiality
- 8. Contraception, Abortion, and Pregnancy
- 9. Reproduction
- 10. Organ Donation and the Ownership of Body Parts
- 11. Dying and Death