Medicine, Patients and the Law

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Penguin Books, 2007 - Medical ethics - 541 pages
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Medicine, Patients and the Law is a leading book in its field, aimed at practitioners and students of both law and medicine, as well as the general reader. It examines the regulation of medical practice, the rights and duties of patients and their medical advisers, the provision of compensation for medical mishaps and the framework of rules governing those delicate issues of life and death where medicine, morals and the law overlap.

The fourth edition of this highly acclaimed book is fully updated to cover recent changes in law and medical practice. Among other current issues, it addresses the radical reforms proposed by the Shipman Inquiry, the impact of change within the NHS, the Mental Capacity Act of 2005 and includes a new chapter on access to health care. Clear explanations of legal issues make this book accessible and absorbing.

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Informative book that is clearly written and provides an enjoyable read. It eases the reader in to the moral and legal dilemmas that are present in healthcare. Due to the nature of the subject (Law & Medicine), terminology can be difficult for the lay individual, however, this book is written in a way that ensures that it is suitable for lay and academics alike.  


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Margaret Brazier has been a Professor of Law at the University of Manchester since 1990. She has written widely on medical law and ethics. She chaired a review of laws relating to surrogacy from 1996-1998 and chaired the Retained Organs Commission from 2001-2004. She is the Editor of the Medical Law Review. Dr Emma Cave is a lecturer in tort and medical law at the University of Leeds. Her research interests include ethics and legal and ethical issues in reproductive medicine and she is author of The Mother of all Crimes, published by Ashgate in 2004.

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