Impairment and Disability: Law and Ethics at the Beginning and End of Life, 1st Edition (e-Book) book cover

Impairment and Disability

Law and Ethics at the Beginning and End of Life, 1st Edition

By Sheila McLean, Laura Williamson


216 pages

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pub: 2007-02-01
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This book explores legislation intended to protect the interests of people with disabilities or impairments. Considering a broad range of ethical and legal concerns which arise in issues of life, death and disability, it covers the social and legal responses to the equality rights of disabled people, focusing on those responses to:

  • the right to life
  • the end of life
  • assisted suicide.

This work engages with contemporary debates, examines case studies and explores the problems surrounding many legal concepts within the context of disability and impairment. The authors argue that it is crucial to distinguish between unjust discrimination and differential treatment and unify the disagreements surrounding the issues by highlighting ethical ideals that should be shared by all stakeholders in life and death decisions that impact on people with disabilities.

Topical and contemporary, this book is a perfect supplementary text for students of all levels and researchers working in the areas of law, applied ethics and disability theory.

Table of Contents

Life, Death, Disability and Impairment in Context. Conceptualizing Disability. Towards Ethical Cohesion. Decisions at the Beginning of Life. Decisions at the End of Life. Seeking Assistance in Dying. Conclusions

About the Authors

Professor Sheila McLean has a worldwide reputation for her work in the study of medical ethics and law. She is the Director of the Institute of Law and Ethics in Medicine at the University of Glasgow.

Dr Laura Williamson is a Researcher at the Institute of Law and Ethics in Medicine, University of Glasgow.

About the Series

Biomedical Law and Ethics Library

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 will contribute to the debates in this area, with accessible, thought-provoking, and sometimes controversial ideas. Each book in the series will develop an independent hypothesis and argue 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.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LAW / General
LAW / Right to Die
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Freedom & Security / Human Rights