Routledge Handbook of Medical Law and Ethics

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Yann Joly, Bartha Maria Knoppers
Routledge, Sep 19, 2014 - Law - 480 pages

This book explores the scope, application and role of medical law, regulatory norms and ethics, and addresses key challenges introduced by contemporary advances in biomedical research and healthcare. While mindful of national developments, the handbook supports a global perspective in its approach to medical law.

Contributors include leading scholars in both medical law and ethics, who have developed specially commissioned pieces in order to present a critical overview and analysis of the current state of medical law and ethics. Each chapter offers comprehensive coverage of longstanding and traditional topics in medical law and ethics, and provides dynamic insights into contemporary and emerging issues in this heavily debated field. Topics covered include:

  • Bioethics, health and human rights
  • Medical liability
  • Law and emerging health technologies
  • Public health law
  • Personalized medicine
  • The law and ethics of access to medicines in developing countries
  • Medical research in the genome era
  • Emerging legal and ethical issues in reproductive technologies

This advanced level reference work will prove invaluable to legal practitioners, scholars, students and researchers in the disciplines of law, medicine, genetics, dentistry, theology, and medical ethics.


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Bioethics health law and human rights
Informed consent
Privacy and confidentiality
Mental health
End of life
Regulating professional practice
Emerging legal and ethical issues in reproductive technologies
socioethical challenges and regulatory approaches
Promotion and sales of selftests on the Internet
The ethical and legal duties of physicians in clinical genetics and genomics
the legal and ethical challenges
current and emergent legal and ethical issues in a nutshell
The roleof international organizations in promoting legal norms

current trends
Healthcareassociated infections
Liability and the legal duty to inform in research
The law and ethics of accessto medicines in developing countries

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About the author (2014)

Yann Joly is a Lawyer and an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Medicine at McGill University, Canada as well as a research fellow from the Fonds de la recherche en santé du Québec and a researcher at the Centre de recherche en droit public at the University of Montreal.

Bartha Maria Knoppers holds the Canada Research Chair in Law and Medicine. She is Director of the Centre of Genomics and Policy, Faculty of Medicine at McGill University, Canada.

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