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Medical Ethics Today: The BMA's Handbook of Ethics and Law, 3rd Edition

Medical Ethics Today: The BMA's Handbook of Ethics and Law, 3rd Edition

British Medical Association

ISBN: 978-1-444-35566-6 February 2012 BMJ Books 956 Pages


This is your source for authoritative and comprehensive guidance from the British Medical Association (BMA) Medical Ethics Department covering both routine and highly contentious medico-legal issues faced by health care professionals. The new edition updates the information from both the legal and ethical perspectives and reflects developments surrounding The Mental Capacity Act, Human Tissue Act, and revision of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act.
List of statues and regulations.

List of cases.

Where to find legal cases online.

Medical Ethics Committee.


Preface to the third edition.

Introduction: Bridging the gap between theory and practice: the BMA’s approach to medical ethics.

1: The doctor-patient relationship.

2: Consent, choice and refusal: adults with capacity.

3: Treating adults who lack capacity.

4: Children and young people.

5: Confidentiality.

6: Health records.

7: Contraception, abortion, and birth.

8: Assisted reproduction.

9: Genetics.

10: Caring for patients at the end of life.

11: Euthanasia and physician assisted suicide.

12: Responsibilities after a patient’s death.

13: Prescribing and administering medication.

Chapter 14: Research and innovative treatment.

15: Emergency situations.

16: Doctors with dual obligations.

17: Providing treatment and care in detention settings.

18: Education and training.

19: Teamwork, referral, delegation and shared care.

20: Public health dimensions of medical practice.

21: Reducing risk, clinical error, and poor performance.

AppendixA: Hippocratic Oath.

Appendix B: Declaration of Geneva.

Appendix C: Declaration of a new doctor, as devised by Imperial College School of Medicine graduating year of 2001.