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Ethical and Legal Issues in Neurology

Handbook of Clinical Neurology Series 3 (edited by Aminoff, Boller and Swaab)

Advances in our understanding of the brain and rapid advances in the medical practice of neurology are creating questions and concerns from an ethical and legal perspective. Ethical and Legal Issues in Neurology provides a detailed review of various general aspects of neuroethics, and contains chapters dealing with a vast array of specific issues such as the role of religion, the ethics of invasive neuroscience research, and the impact of potential misconduct in neurologic practice. The book focuses particular attention on problems related to palliative care, euthanasia, dementia, and neurogenetic disorders, and concludes with examinations of consciousness, personal identity, and the definition of death.

This volume focuses on practices not only in North America but also in Europe and the developing world. It is a useful resource for all neuroscience and neurology professionals, researchers, students, scholars, practicing clinical neurologists, mental health professionals, and psychiatrists.


Neuroscience/neurology professionals, researchers, students, scholars and practicing clinical neurologists, mental health professionals and psychiatrists.

Hardbound, 472 Pages

Published: December 2013

Imprint: Elsevier

ISBN: 978-0-444-53501-6


  • "...along with a handful of other introductory textbooks and handbooks on neuroethics that have been published lately, this is a welcome resource for clinicians and neuroscientists…Rating: 3 Stars"--Doody', 26-Sep-14


  • 1.  Ethical principles and concepts in medicine
    2.  Analysis and resolution of ethical problems
    3.  Hospital bioethics committees and consultants
    4.  Legal principles and concepts in medicine
    5.  Legal process, litigation, and judicial decisions
    6.  Ethics, law and the neurologist
    7.  Religion and medical ethics
    8.  Professional conduct and misconduct
    9.  Medical error and disclosure
    10. Professionalism in medicine
    11. Palliative care in chronic neurological illness
    12. Palliative care in the dying neurological patient
    13. Withdrawing & withholding life-sustaining treatment
    14. European perspectives on ethics and law in end-of-life care
    15. Medical futility
    16. Assisted suicide and euthanasia
    17. Brain death
    18. Coma and disorders of consciousness
    19. Neurologically imperiled neonates
    20. States of paralysis with intact cognition
    21. Dementia
    22. Developmental impairment
    23. Neurogenetic disorders
    24. Technology assessment
    25. Medical cost and quality and practice guidelines
    26. Public policy and healthcare systems
    27. Research involving human subjects
    28. Clinical research in the developing world
    29. The ethics of invasive neuroscience research
    30. The ethics of neuro-enhancement
    31. Ethical issues in research neuroethics
    32. Legal issues in research neuroethics
    33. Social issues in neuroethics
    34. Neurophilosophy of consciousness
    35. Neurophilosophy of personal identity
    36. The definition of death


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