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First Do No Harm

Law, Ethics and Healthcare, 1st Edition

Edited by Sheila A. M. McLean


624 pages

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This collection brings together essays from leading figures in the field of medical law and ethics which address the key issues currently challenging scholars in the field. It has also been compiled as a lasting testimony to the work of one of the most eminent scholars in the area, Professor Ken Mason. The collection marks the academic crowning of a career which has laid one of the foundation stones of an entire discipline. The wide-ranging contents and the standing of the contributors mean that the volume will be an invaluable resource for anyone studying or working in medical law or medical ethics.


'…it is imperative that works of the calibre of First Do No Harm are published…it is a valuable resource for individuals, particularly academics and postgraduate students in the disciplines of health law, medical ethics and philosophy…the chapters are of an extremely high standard, and make a valuable contribution to the literature. Bringing together such a large number of accomplished authors from a variety of disciplines and countries was an ambitious exercise, one that Professor McLean has achieved with distinction.' Journal of Law and Medicine 'In First Do No Harm, not only is the work of Professor Ken Mason celebrated, contributors have sought to take some issues in medical law further and, as such, it provides much more than a celebration of Ken Mason's innovative contribution to the discipline of ethics and medical law from its early beginnings. This is not like most festschrift texts- the expertise of the contributors brought together in this volume presents the reader with a collection of articles that functions well as an informative and insightful text book…Specialists and researchers in this field will find this a very worthwhile collection, both as a retrospective perusal of Ken Mason's influence, and as a contemporary analysis of the debates he has had an important role in shaping.' Medical Law Review 'The wide-ranging contents plus the standing of the contributors mean that the volume will be an invaluable resource for anyone studying or working in medical law or medical ethics…The collection is comprehensive, rich in argument, balanced, interesting; and, in addition to reviewing and criticizing what is, it also argues for what ought to be in the wide area of medical ethics.' Metapsychology

About the Editor

Professor McLean is the first holder of the International Bar Association Chair of Law and Ethics in Medicine at Glasgow University and is Director of the Institute of Law and Ethics in Medicine at Glasgow University.

About the Series

Applied Legal Philosophy

Applied Legal Philosophy
The principal objective of this series is to encourage the publication of books which adopt a theoretical approach to the study of particular areas or aspects of law, or deal with general theories of law in a way which is directed at issues of practical, moral and political concern in specific legal contexts. The general approach is both analytical and critical and relates to the socio-political background of law reform issues. This series includes studies of all the main areas of law, presented in a manner which relates to the concerns of specialist legal academics and practitioners. Each book makes an original contribution to an area of legal study while being comprehensible to those engaged in a wide variety of disciplines. Their legal content is principally Anglo-American, but a wide-ranging comparative approach is encouraged and authors are drawn from a variety of jurisdictions.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LAW / Medical Law & Legislation