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Bioethics, Medicine and the Criminal Law: Medicine and Bioethics in the Theatre of the Criminal Process


ISBN13: 9781107018259
Published: May 2013
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Hardback
Price: £69.99



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To date, little analysis exists of the criminal process's roles as a regulator of medical practice and as an arbiter of bioethics, nor whether criminal law is an appropriate forum for judging ethical medical dilemmas. The conscription of criminal law into moral controversy and the (perceived) rise in criminal investigations of medical errors sets the backdrop for this innovative historical and theoretical analysis of the relationship between medicine, bioethics and the criminal process. Case studies on abortion, end of life and the separation of conjoined twins reveal how judges grapple with bioethics in criminal cases and the impact of 'theatre' on the criminal law's response to ethically controversial medical cases. A central argument is that bioethics and criminal law are not necessarily incompatible; rather, it is the theatre surrounding interactions between bioethics and criminal law that often distorts and creates tension.

Subjects:
Medical Law, Criminal Law
Contents:
Introduction: beginning the story
1. Courtrooms, 'physic' and drama
2. Crime, doctors and the body (politic)
3. From the 'theatre' to the dock via the mortuary
4. Protecting life before birth
5. Medical (and non-medical) ending of life
6. Which twin lives?
7. Drawing connections: morality, (political) liberalism, responsibility and the theatre of interpretation
8. Parallels and disconnects: bioethical principles, principles of criminalisation and the rule of law
Concluding thoughts: a story part told?

Series: Bioethics and Law

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To be published March 2017
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Regulating Patient Safety: The End of Professional Dominance? ISBN 9780521190992
To be published March 2017
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Empirical Bioethics: Practical and Theoretical Perspectives ISBN 9781107078475
To be published January 2017
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Solidarity in Biomedicine and Beyond ISBN 9781107074248
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Electronic Health Records and Medical Big Data: Law and Policy ISBN 9781107166547
To be published December 2016
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Electronic Health Records and Medical Big Data: Law and Policy ISBN 9781316617687
To be published December 2016
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£24.99
Bioethics, Medicine and the Criminal Law: Medicine, Crime and Society ISBN 9781107021532
Published January 2013
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