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Medical Confidentiality and Legal Privilege

Medical Confidentiality and Legal Privilege

Jean V. McHale
September 12, 2014

First Published in 2004. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company....

The Limits of Medical Paternalism

The Limits of Medical Paternalism

Heta Häyry
May 19, 2014

The Limits of Medical Paternalism defines and morally assesses paternalistic interventions, especially in the context of modern medicine and health care, particular emphasis is given to the analysis of the conceptual background of the paternalism issue. In this book an anti-paternalistic view is...

Protecting the Vulnerable: Autonomy and Consent in Health Care

Protecting the Vulnerable: Autonomy and Consent in Health Care

Margaret Brazier, Mary Lobjoit
April 24, 2014

The right of adults with sound mind to consent to treatment or risk their own health for the benefit of the community in a clinical trial is unequivocally recognised by the law. But what about those vulnerable by virtue of their age, nature or position in society? Experts from the fields of...

The Need For Health Care

The Need For Health Care

W.R. Sheaff
August 22, 1996

The rhetoric of 'needs' has been used to legitimate all major turns in UK health policy since 1936. This study identifies the ethical, policy and technical issues arising from the concept of needs. In the first part a theory of needs is developed, which takes into account both the philosophical...

Treatment Without Consent: Law, Psychiatry and the Treatment of Mentally Disordered People Since 1845

Treatment Without Consent: Law, Psychiatry and the Treatment of Mentally Disordered People Since 1845

Phil Fennell
December 21, 1995

Phil Fennell's tightly argued study traces the history of treatment of mental disorder in Britain over the last 150 years. He focuses specifically on treatment of mental disorder without consent within psychiatric practice, and on the legal position which has allowed it. Treatment Without Consent...

Contemplating Suicide: The Language and Ethics of Self-Harm

Contemplating Suicide: The Language and Ethics of Self-Harm

Gavin J Fairbairn, Gavin Fairbairn
March 09, 1995

Suicide is devastating. It is an assault on our ideas of what living is about. In Contemplating Suicide Gavin Fairbairn takes fresh look at suicidal self harm. His view is distinctive in not emphasising external facts: the presence or absence of a corpse, along with evidence that the person who...

Liberal Utilitarianism and Applied Ethics

Liberal Utilitarianism and Applied Ethics

Matti Hayry
October 27, 1994

Liberal Utilitarianism and Applied Ethics explores the foundations of early utilitarianism and, at the same time, the theoretical bases of social ethics and policy in modern Western welfare states. Matti Hayry sees the main reason for utilitarianism's growing disrepute among moral philosophers is...

Experiments on Embryos

Experiments on Embryos

Anthony Dyson, John Harris
April 18, 1991

Covering scientific, legal, ethical, historical, theological and public policy aspects of human embryo research, the cases for and against are put strongly and clearly. Scientific evidence is cogently presented by leading embryologists....

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