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Biomedical Law and Ethics Library


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Scientific and clinical advances, social and political developments and the impact of healthcare on our lives raise profound ethical and legal questions. Medical law and ethics have become central to our understanding of these problems, and are important tools for the analysis and resolution of problems – real or imagined.

In this series, scholars at the forefront of biomedical law and ethics contribute to the debates in this area, with accessible, thought-provoking, and sometimes controversial ideas. Each book in the series develops an independent hypothesis and argues cogently for a particular position. One of the major contributions of this series is the extent to which both law and ethics are utilised in the content of the books, and the shape of the series itself.

The books in this series are analytical, with a key target audience of lawyers, doctors, nurses, and the intelligent lay public.

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Medical Use of Human Beings: Respect as a Basis for Critique of Discourse, Law and Practice

Medical Use of Human Beings: Respect as a Basis for Critique of Discourse, Law and Practice

1st Edition

Forthcoming

Austen Garwood-Gowers
August 28, 2019

Medical use of the human being can be described as the phenomenon of employing medical means to make use of humans individually and as a species. This is occurring on a vast scale across a diverse range of fields. Much of the time it is also very controversial. However, scholarly discourse has only...

Religion, Medicine and the Law

Religion, Medicine and the Law

1st Edition

Clayton Ó Néill
November 28, 2018

Is the legal protection that is given to the expression of Abrahamic religious belief adequate or appropriate in the context of English medical law? This is the central question that is explored in this book, which develops a framework to support judges in the resolution of contentious cases that...

Healthcare Ethics, Law and Professionalism: Essays on the Works of Alastair V. Campbell

Healthcare Ethics, Law and Professionalism: Essays on the Works of Alastair V. Campbell

1st Edition

Voo Teck Chuan, Richard Huxtable, Nicola Peart
November 08, 2018

Healthcare Ethics, Law and Professionalism: Essays on the Works of Alastair V. Campbell features 15 original essays on bioethics, and healthcare ethics specifically. The volume is in honour of Professor Alastair V. Campbell, who was the founding editor of the internationally renowned Journal of...

Revisiting Landmark Cases in Medical Law

Revisiting Landmark Cases in Medical Law

1st Edition

Shaun D. Pattinson
October 19, 2018

Is it lawful for a doctor to give a patient life-shortening pain relief? Can treatment be lawfully provided to a child under 16 on the basis of her consent alone? Is it lawful to remove food and water provided by tube to a patient in a vegetative state? Is a woman’s refusal of a caesarean section...

The Ethical and Legal Consequences of Posthumous Reproduction: Arrogance, Avarice and Anguish

The Ethical and Legal Consequences of Posthumous Reproduction: Arrogance, Avarice and Anguish

1st Edition

Browne Lewis
October 18, 2018

Posthumous reproduction refers to the procedure that enables a child to be conceived using the gametes of a dead person. Advances in reproductive technology mean it is now possible to assist in creating a life after you die, and in recent years the number of women who have attempted to get pregnant...

Health Research Governance in Africa: Law, Ethics, and Regulation

Health Research Governance in Africa: Law, Ethics, and Regulation

1st Edition

Cheluchi Onyemelukwe-Onuobia
September 19, 2018

The globalisation of research has resulted in the increased location of research involving humans in developing countries. Countries in Africa, along with China and India, have seen research grow significantly. With emerging infectious diseases, such as Ebola and Zika, emphasising the risk of...

Donor Conception and the Search for Information: From Secrecy and Anonymity to Openness

Donor Conception and the Search for Information: From Secrecy and Anonymity to Openness

1st Edition

Sonia Allan
August 14, 2018

This book examines donor conception and the search for information by donor-conceived people. It details differing regulatory approaches across the globe, including those that provide for ‘open-identity’ or anonymous donation, or that take a ‘dual-track’ approach. In doing so, it identifies models...

The Fetus as a Patient: A Contested Concept and its Normative Implications

The Fetus as a Patient: A Contested Concept and its Normative Implications

1st Edition

Dagmar Schmitz, Angus Clarke, Wybo Dondorp
April 16, 2018

Due to new developments in prenatal testing and therapy the fetus is increasingly visible, examinable and treatable in prenatal care. Accordingly, physicians tend to perceive the fetus as a patient and understand themselves as having certain professional duties towards it. However, it is far from...

The Legitimacy of Medical Treatment: What Role for the Medical Exception?

The Legitimacy of Medical Treatment: What Role for the Medical Exception?

1st Edition

Sara Fovargue, Alexandra Mullock
June 23, 2017

Whenever the legitimacy of a new or ethically contentious medical intervention is considered, a range of influences will determine whether the treatment becomes accepted as lawful medical treatment. The development and introduction of abortion, organ donation, gender reassignment, and...

Critically Impaired Infants and End of Life Decision Making: Resource Allocation and Difficult Decisions

Critically Impaired Infants and End of Life Decision Making: Resource Allocation and Difficult Decisions

1st Edition

Neera Bhatia
February 07, 2017

Decisions to withdraw or withhold life-sustaining treatment are contentious, and offer difficult moral dilemmas to both medical practitioners and the judiciary. This issue is exacerbated when the patient is unable to exercise autonomy and is entirely dependent on the will of others. This book...

Revisiting the Regulation of Human Fertilisation and Embryology

Revisiting the Regulation of Human Fertilisation and Embryology

1st Edition

Kirsty Horsey
February 07, 2017

The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 2008 was a major update to the UK’s laws on the use and regulation of reproductive technology and assisted reproduction. Since the enactment of the new law, the sector’s regulatory body, the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA), has also...

The Voices and Rooms of European Bioethics

The Voices and Rooms of European Bioethics

1st Edition

Richard Huxtable, Ruud ter Meulen
January 27, 2017

This book reflects on the many contributions made in and to European bioethics to date, in various locations, and from various disciplinary perspectives. In so doing, the book advances understanding of the academic and social status of European bioethics as it is being supported and practiced by...

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