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Lecture Notes: Medical Law and Ethics provides students, junior doctors, general practitioners and allied health professionals with the legal framework related to medicine and discusses the ethics involved with these issues.

The content is divided into:

  • Sources of Medical Law and Ethics
  • Consent, Confidentiality and Clinical Negligence
  • Mental Health
  • Issues – Describing the law and discussing the ethics in relation to abortion, reproductive technology, surrogacy and end of life issues
  • Maintaining professional standards
  • Doctors’ rights

In addition the appendix provides further information and guidance including:

  • Philosophers who have influenced medical ethics
  • Further reading
  • How to access legal reference material
  • Cases
  • Statutes

Lecture Notes: Medical Law and Ethics is written specifically for medical students, junior doctors, general practitioners and allied health professionals. This text allows the reader to understand the law and the legal implications and clearly outlines the difference between the law and ethics.

Pre-publication review

“The content of this book seems ideal as a recommended text for any course…Reading this work would undoubtedly be beneficial for future careers”
PRHO, James Cook University Hospital, Middlesbrough

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"This book is less hefty than many ethics texts, in that the pages are more than usually broken up with tables and diagrams. This makes it more appealing to the reader and easier for quick reference for MCQ revision, rather than essay writing. I would definitely recommend it."

-Black Bag. Bristol Medical School Magazine. Winter 2005

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781405118682
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 12/15/2004
  • Series: Lecture Notes Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 216
  • Product dimensions: 6.82 (w) x 9.62 (h) x 0.46 (d)

Meet the Author

Dr Philip Howard is a Consultant Physician at the Epsom and St Helier NHS Trust. As part of his role he is also a Senior Lecturer in Medicine at St George's Hospital Medical School and runs the popular Special Study Module in Medical Ethics and Law at the medical school.

James Bogle is a practising barrister at the Inner Temple in London. He also teaches on the St George's Medical Ethics and Law SSM. He has been involved in high profile cases that have set important precedents in medical law and ethics, for example he was instructed Counsel in the Dianne Pretty case.

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Table of Contents

Part 1 – Sources of Medical Law and Ethics .

1. Nature and sources of medical ethics.

2. Sources of medical law.

Part 2 – Consent, Confidentiality and Clinical Negligence.

3. Consent to Treatment.

4. Confidentiality.

5. Clinical Negligence.

Part 3 – Mental Health.

6. Mental health.

7. Adults with Incapacity (Scotland) Act 2000.

Part 4 – Issues.

8. The law in relation to abortion.

9. The ethics of abortion.

10. Reproductive technology and surrogacy.

11. The law in relation to end of life issues.

12. The ethics of end of life issues.

13. Research.

Part 5 – Maintaining professional standards.

14. Maintaining standards and regulation.

15. Presenting evidence and reports.

16. The Coroner's court.

17. The General Medical Council.

Part 6 – Doctors’ rights.

18. Employment and other rights of doctors.



Appendix 1 – Philosophers who have influenced medical ethics.

Appendix 2 – Further Reading.

Appendix 3 – How to access legal reference material.

Appendix 4 - Cases.

Appendix 5 - Statutes.




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