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Issues in Medical Law and Ethics

Derek MorganReader in Health Care Law and Jurisprudence, Cardiff Law School

ISBN13: 9781859415917
ISBN: 1859415911
Published: March 2001
Publisher: Routledge-Cavendish
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Paperback
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Thirty years ago, English jurist Patrick Devlin wrote: Is it not a pleasant tribute to the medical profession that by and large it has been able to manage its relations with its patients ...without the aid of lawyers and law makers. Medical interventions at the beginnings and the endings of life have rendered that assessment dated if not defeated. This book picks up some of the most important of those developments and reflects on the legal and social consequences of this metamorphosis over the past 10 years.This book will be of interest to students of law, sociology and ethics who want a considered and critical introduction to, and reflection on, key issues in these pivotal moments of human life.

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What is medical law?; Legal frameworks and ethical standards: regulating health care; Health rights, ethics and Justice: the opportunity costs of rhetoric; The Constitution of the family; Is birth important?; Technology and the political economy of reproduction; Licensing parenthood and regulating reproduction; Dangerous liaisons: law, technology, reproduction and European ethics; Prisoner or progress or hostages to fortune?; The legal status of the embryo and the foetus; Judges on delivery; Donated ovarian tissue: observations; legal and ethical dilemmas of foetal sex identification; Undoing what comes naturally: regulating medically assisted families; Chronicle of a death observed: the long dying of Tony Bland and other medical deaths; Death by space bar: dying in the Northern Territory and other medical euthanasia; Odysseus and the binding directive: only a cautionary tale; relatively late payments: damages beyond death and bereavement.