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Vol 22 No 2 Feb/March 2017

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The Legitimacy of Medical Treatment: What Role for the Medical Exception?

ISBN13: 9781138819634
Published: August 2015
Publisher: Routledge
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Hardback
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The adoption of many treatments and procedures within medicine is far from straightforward, particularly when such treatments are ethically contentious.

The development of legitimate abortion, organ donation, gender reassignment and non-therapeutic cosmetic surgery have all raised troubling ethical, legal and clinical issues. This book examines the various factors that legitimatise a medical procedure.

The book brings together a range of internationally and nationally recognised academics from different disciplines including law, philosophy, medicine, health economics, and sociology. Contributing chapters address such issues as clinical judgement and professional autonomy, the role of public interest, and the influence of resource allocation in decision-making. In doing so the book explores how the law, the medical profession and the public interact in order to determine whether a new or ethically contentious procedure should be regarded as legitimate.

This book will be a great interest and use to researchers and students of bioethics, medical law, and the sociology of medicine.

Medical Law
Part 1 Framing the Issues
1. Introduction, Sara Fovargue and Alexandra Mullock
2. What is Proper Medical Treatment, Margaret Brazier
3. Papist Potions and Electric Sex: A historical perspective on 'proper medical treatment', Barry Lyons
4. What do We Mean by ‘Proper’ Medical Treatment?, Lucy Frith
5. Moralising Medicine: The Place of Morals, Ethics and Law in Medical Decision-Making, José Miola
6. Families Perspectives on Proper Medical Treatment, Celia Kitzinger and Jenny Kitzinger

Part 2: How ‘Wrongs’ Can Become ‘Rights’
7. Dying to be Beautiful: Rethinking the justifications for aesthetic cosmetic surgery, Alexandra Mullock and Danielle Griffiths
8. Abortion, the Foetus, and ‘Proper Medical Treatment’, Mary Neal
9. Death on Demand: In the public interest?, Richard Huxtable
10. 'Proper Medical Treatment' in the Mental Health Context, Judy Laing

Part 3: Policy Implications
11. The Economics of Proper Medical Treatment, Cam Donaldson and Rachel Baker
12. Rationing, Resource Allocation and Proper Medical Treatment, Keith Syrett
13. Comments and Reflections, John Coggon