Medical Law: A Very Short Introduction

Paperback | March 28, 2013

byCharles Foster

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Medical law is concerned with our bodies, and what happens to them during and after our lives. When things go wrong with our bodies, we want to know what our rights are, and what governs the conduct of the clinicians into whose hands we put our lives and limbs. Dealing with matters of life anddeath, it can therefore have a fundamental impact on medical practice. Headlines in the media often involve the core issues of medical law - organ transplantation, abortion, withdrawal of treatment, euthanasia, confidentiality, research on humans - these are topics that affect us all. Headlines can misrepresent, however. In order to fully understand the issues andtheir relevance, we have to delve into the cases and into the principles behind them. In this highly readable Very Short Introduction, Charles Foster explores different examples to illustrate the key problems and principles of medical law.

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Medical law is concerned with our bodies, and what happens to them during and after our lives. When things go wrong with our bodies, we want to know what our rights are, and what governs the conduct of the clinicians into whose hands we put our lives and limbs. Dealing with matters of life anddeath, it can therefore have a fundamental ...

Charles Foster is a Fellow of Green Templeton College, University of Oxford, a tutor in medical law and ethics at the University of Oxford, and a barrister (practising in medical law) at Outer Temple Chambers, London. He read law and veterinary medicine at the University of Cambridge. He is the author, editor or contributor to over thi...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:144 pagesPublished:March 28, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199660441

ISBN - 13:9780199660445

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Acknowledgements1. Origins and legacies2. The enforcement of medical law3. Before birth4. Confidentiality and privacy5. Consent6. Clinical negligence7. Research on human subjects8. Resource allocation9. The end of life10. Organ donation and the ownership of body parts11. The future of medical lawReferences: Cases discussedFurther reading