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ABC of Medical Law

ABC of Medical Law

Lorraine Corfield, Ingrid Granne, William Latimer-Sayer

ISBN: 978-1-444-31682-7

Aug 2010, BMJ Books

64 pages



An understanding of medical law is increasingly important for all health professionals and this new ABC provides a basic introduction to the legal issues faced in health care that is accessible to anyone without any legal knowledge. The ABC of Medical Law provides ideal guidance to the practicing physician - covering just what you need to know without becoming embroiled in complicated legal discussion.

The ABC of Medical Law has up-to-date coverage of the legal issues to be found in daily medical practice, including confidentiality, research, consent, negligence, organ donation and human rights, as well as more contentious issues such as tissue retention and withholding/withdrawing treatment. Well illustrated and presented in a user-friendly format, chapters include summaries and cases to help clarify the points made.

Written by practising clinicians with expertise in medical law and a medical barrister, the ABC of Medical Law will help keep a practice within the constraints of the law and is ideal for GPs, junior doctors and medical students, and anyone wanting to understand the broad basics of medical law.

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Preface vii

1 Introduction to the Legal System 1
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2 Consent in Adults 6
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3 Consent in Children 12
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4 Refusal of Medical Treatment 15
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5 Negligence: The Duty of Care 18
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6 Negligence: The Legal Standard of Care 22
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7 Negligence: Causation 26
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8 Confidentiality 29
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9 Withholding andWithdrawing Life-Sustaining Treatment 34
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10 Research 38
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11 Organ Transplantation Organ Retention and Post-Mortem Examinations 44
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12 The Healthcare Professional and the Human Rights Act 50
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Index 53

"... starting with an excellent overview of the legal system, going on to cover many of the areas you would expect, including: consent; refusal of treatment; negligence; confidentiality; and withholding and withdrawing treatment. It does this well..."  The Psychiatrist, August 2010

  • Fills the gap for a basic introduction to legal issues in health care that is easy to understand and act upon
  • Provides up to date coverage of contentious issues such as withholding and withdrawing treatment and confidentiality
  • Accessible to those without any legal knowledge, providing guidance without becoming embroiled in complicated legal discussion