Medical Law, Ethics and Bioethics for Health Professions / Edition 6

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Now in its 6th Edition, this groundbreaking book continues to champion the “Have a Care” approach, while also providing readers with the strong ethical and legal foundation that enables them to better serve their clients. Clearly written and authoritative, it provides a solid groundwork in legal concepts and laws, important ethical issues, and the emerging area of bioethics faced in today’s medical practices by today’s health care professionals.


  • Vignettes—A thought-provoking vignette opens each chapter, adapted from case law or based on real-world situations.
  • “Have a Care”—Personal stories from the authors illustrate the heart of the law and ethics of health care.
  • A Code of Ethics Appendix contains the Hippocratic Oath, AAMA creed, and the Principles of Medical Ethics.
  • Sample Documents Appendix provides important health care, life, and death documentation.

"...includes major changes in sections dealing with managed care and health care reform, legal issues, and ethics...with a new chapter entitled Cultural Perspectives for Ambulatory Health Care."

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This textbook defines and discusses the legal and ethical issues related to the practice of medicine in the ambulatory setting. Topics include professional liability, public duties, consent, medical records, bill collection practices, abortion, and choices in dying. The fifth edition adds discussion of the debate over stem cell research. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
Illustrates medical ethics concepts and controversies with brief cases and scenarios, and provides learning features such as definitions, chapter objectives, vignettes, discussion questions, and case law examples. Subjects covered include professional liability, consent, genetic engineering, abortion, and death and dying. For ambulatory health care workers. This fourth edition, revised from the 1993 edition of , includes material on managed care, health care reform, and cultural perspectives. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780803617308
  • Publisher: F. A. Davis Company
  • Publication date: 5/11/2007
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 6
  • Pages: 268
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

I. Understanding the Basics

  1. Medical Law, Ethics, and Bioethics
  2. Medical Practice Management
  3. Employees in Ambulatory Health Care

II. Law, Liability, and Duties

  1. Legal Guidelines for Ambulatory Health Care
  2. Regulations and Professional Liability
  3. Public Duties
  4. Consent

III. Workplace Issues

  1. Medical Records
  2. Reimbursement and Collection Practices
  3. Employment Practices
  4. Cultural Perspectives

IV. Bioethical Issues

  1. Allocation of Scarce Medical Resources
  2. Genetic Engineering
  3. Abortion
  4. Life and Death
  5. Dying and Death

Special Section Have a Care


Appendix I. Code of Ethics

Appendix II. Sample Documents for Choices about Health Care, Life and Death


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