Medical Law: A Very Short Introduction

Medical Law: A Very Short Introduction

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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 and death, 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 and their 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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Product details

  • Paperback | 160 pages
  • 112 x 174 x 4mm | 126g
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 10 black and white hafltones
  • 0199660441
  • 9780199660445
  • 104,440

Table of contents

Acknowledgements ; 1. Origins and legacies ; 2. The enforcement of medical law ; 3. Before birth ; 4. Confidentiality and privacy ; 5. Consent ; 6. Clinical negligence ; 7. Research on human subjects ; 8. Resource allocation ; 9. The end of life ; 10. Organ donation and the ownership of body parts ; 11. The future of medical law ; References: Cases discussed ; Further reading
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colourful and engaging * Medical Law Review *
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About Charles Foster

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 thirty five books. His website is at
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