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The Law and Ethics of Medicine: Essays on the Inviolability of Human Life (eBook)

ISBN13: 9780191640193
Published: May 2012
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: UK
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The Law and Ethics of Medicine: Essays on the Inviolability of Human Life explains the principle of the inviolability of human life and its continuing relevance to English law governing aspects of medical practice at the beginning and end of life.

The book shows that the principle, though widely recognized as an historic and foundational principle of the common law, has been misunderstood in the legal academy, at the Bar and on the Bench.

Part I of the book identifies the confusion and clarifies the principle, distinguishing it from 'vitalism' on the one hand and a 'qualitative' evaluation of human life on the other.

Part II addresses legal aspects of the beginning of life, including the history of the law against abortion and its relevance to the ongoing abortion debate in the US; the law relating to the 'morning after' pill; and the legal status of the human embryo in vitro.

Part III addresses legal aspects of the end of life, including the euthanasia debate; the withdrawal of tube-feeding from patients in a 'persistent vegetative state'; and the duty to provide palliative treatment.

This unique collection of essays offers a much-needed clarification of a cardinal legal and ethical principle and should be of interest to lawyers, bioethicists, and healthcare professionals (whether they subscribe to the principle or not) in all common law jurisdictions and beyond.

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1. The 'Sanctity of Life', 'Best Interests', and 'Autonomy': An Overview
2. Surveying the Foundations of Medical Law: A Reassessment of Glanville Williams's The Sanctity of Life and the Criminal Law
3. Sir Ian Kennedy and the Value of Life: Building on Glanville Williams's Shaky Foundations?
4. Restoring the Inviolability of Life and Replacing the Caricature
5. Back to the Future of Abortion Law: Roe's Rejection of America's History and Legal Traditions
6. 'Morning After' Pills, 'Miscarriage', and Muddle
7. The Scope of the Offense of Child Destruction
8. The Human Embryo In Vitro: Person, Chattel or Dolphin?
9. The Euthanasia Debate in the House of Lords
10. Towards Euthanasia in Europe? Marty, Pretty, and Purdy
11. Palliative Care: An Ethical and Legal Duty?
12. Restoring Moral and Intellectual Shape to the Law after Bland