Medical Ethics and Law

Medical Ethics and Law

A curriculum for the 21st Century

3rd Edition - July 5, 2019
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  • Authors: Dominic Wilkinson, Jonathan Herring, Julian Savulescu
  • eBook ISBN: 9780702075971
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780702075964

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This short textbook of ethics and law is aimed at doctors in training and in practice. Medical ethics and law are now firmly embedded in the curricula of medical schools. The ability to make clinical decisions on the basis of critical reasoning is a skill that is rightly presumed as necessary in today's doctors. Medical decisions involve not only scientific understanding but also ethical values and legal analysis. The belief that it is ethically right to act in one way rather than another should be based on good reasons: it is not enough to follow what doctors have always done, nor what experienced doctors now do. The third edition has been revised and updated to reflect changes in the core curriculum for students, developments in the law as well as advances in medicine and technology. It includes a new ‘extensions’ section, providing an outline of important developing areas in medical ethics.

Key Features

  • The first part of the book covers the foundations of ethics and law in the context of medicine.
  • The second part covers specific core topics that are essential for health professionals to understand.
  • The third section of the book includes new chapters on cutting edge topics that will be crucial for the doctors and health professionals of tomorrow.

Table of Contents

  • Part 1: Foundations

    1. Reasoning about ethics.

    2. Ethical theories and perspectives.

    3. Three core concepts in medical ethics - best interests, autonomy and rights.

    4. An introduction to law.

    5. Doctors and patients: relationships and responsibilities.

    Part 2: Core topics

    6. Consent

    7. Capacity

    8. Mental Health

    9. Confidentiality

    10. Resource allocation

    11. Children and young people

    12. Disability and disease

    13. Reproductive medicine

    14. End of Life

    15. Organ transplantation and definitions of death

    16. Medical Research and audit

    Part 3: Extensions

    17. Neuroethics

    18. Genethics

    19. Information ethics

    20. Public health ethics

Product details

  • No. of pages: 374
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Elsevier 2019
  • Published: July 5, 2019
  • Imprint: Elsevier
  • eBook ISBN: 9780702075971
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780702075964
  • About the Authors

    Dominic Wilkinson

    Affiliations and Expertise

    Professor of Medical Ethics, Director of Medical Ethics, Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics; Consultant Neonatologist, John Radcliffe Hospital; Senior Research Fellow, Jesus College, Oxford.

    Jonathan Herring

    Affiliations and Expertise

    Professor of Law and Vice Dean, Faculty of Law, Oxford University, UK

    Julian Savulescu

    Affiliations and Expertise

    Uehiro Chair in Practical Ethics and Director, Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics, University of Oxford, Oxford, UK; Visiting Professorial Fellow in Biomedical Ethics, Murdoch Children's Research Institute; Distinguished Visiting International Professorship in Law, University of Melbourne, Australia