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Legal and Ethical Aspects of Healthcare - S. A. M. McLean

Legal and Ethical Aspects of Healthcare


Published: 12th March 2009
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There can be few aspects of life which have altered so dramatically in the past few decades as the relationship between medicine and the law.

Treatments become more and more sophisticated as each advance in medicine is made. At the same time, the legal and moral issues surrounding such treatments have multiplied and have become increasingly sensitive and complex.

Introducing the reader to important topics which include genetics, consent, negligence, research, assisted reproduction and mental health, the book outlines what the current law is, why it is so and what it may become in the future.

This book provides wide-ranging coverage of the most important ethical and moral issues that face healthcare professionals, lawyers and the general public alike and it offers a unique insight into the problems that healthcare providers and patients can be expected to encounter both today and in the future.

A note on abbreviations
About medicine and the law
Resources - who decides
The confidential relationship
The therapeutic partnership
Refusal of consent
Medical negligence
Using people for research
Assisted reproduction
Genetics and pregnancy
Termination of pregnancy
Genetics, insurance and employment
Is life worth living?
Disposal of the body and body parts
Sex, gender and the law
Mental health and mental capacity
The law and the elderly
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ISBN: 9780521734509
ISBN-10: 0521734509
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 268
Published: 12th March 2009
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.393 x 15.596  x 1.422
Weight (kg): 0.381