Medical Ethics and Law

The Core Curriculum


  • Tony Hope, MA, PhD, MBBch, FRCPsych, MFPH, Professor of Medical Ethics and Fellow of St Cross College, University of Oxford, Oxford, UK
  • Julian Savulescu, BMedSci, MB, BS, MA, PhD, Uehiro Chair in Practical Ethics, Director, Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics University of Oxford, Oxford, UK Chair in Practical Ethics at the University of Oxford
  • Judith Hendrick, BA, LLM, Department of Social Sciences and Law, Oxford Brookes University, Oxford, UK

This is a short textbook of ethics and law aimed primarily at medical students. The book is in two sections. The first considers general aspects of ethics (in the context of medicine); the second section covers the topics identified in the ā€˜consensus agreementā€™. The content of medical law is not intended to be comprehensive and relates very much to the ethical issues.
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Book information

  • Published: February 2008
  • ISBN: 978-0-443-10337-7

Table of Contents

Part 1: Ethical and legal background: Reasoning about ethics. Ethics and legal background. Three core concepts in medical ethics - best interests, autonomy and rights. An introduction to law. Doctors, patients and professions.

Part 2. Specific topics. Consent. Confidentiality. Genetics. Reproductive medicine. Children. Mental disorder. End of life. Resource allocation. Research. Disease, disability and human enhancement.

Useful web resources in medical ethics and law.