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 out the European angles, 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 coverage of new Codes of Practice issued by the Human Tissue Authority and the changes in the structure of the NHS. It also outlines important case law developments on the law on mental capacity and euthanasia, including the Charlie Gard litigation, the decision of the Supreme Court in Montgomery, and the Court of Appeal in Conway.
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. Confidentiality
- 6. Contraception, Abortion, and Pregnancy
- 7. Reproduction
- 8. Organ Donation and the Ownership of Body Parts
- 9. Dying and Death
- 10. Mental Health Law