This clear, concise and non-technical guide to medical law is valued by doctors and other health professionals who have little time or the legal background to read detailed books on medical law. Law for Doctors focusses on aspects of English law that are particularly relevant to medical practice such as civil claims, legal procedures, funding, complaints, whistle-blowing, disciplinary proceedings, coroners' courts and criminal law. Particular features of this book include:
- A concise, clear and non-technical account of how the law impinges on clinical practice
- Short case summaries providing the background to legal decisions
- Updated sources of legal information
- Glossary of legal terms and abbreviations
- Easy access to specific points through detailed index, contents list and chapter subheadings.
This third edition includes recent case law and statutory developments important for medical professionals. New sections on the role of policy considerations in judicial decision-making, inexperienced staff issues and coroners and the Human Rights Act are also included. This book will appeal to all clinical and managerial staff, and students, who are involved in the delivery of health care.
The author has considerable experience of legal practice within the health care setting. John Paul Garside is currently Solicitor of the Supreme Court of England and Wales, and Head of Legal Services at Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital.
Table of Contents
Foreword by Margaret Branthwaite
Preface to Second edition
Preface to First edition
Law Reports - Abbreviations
Table of Cases
Table of Statutes
1. Structure and sources of English law
2. Principles of negligence, duty and standard of care
3. Foreseeability and causation
4. Financial considerations: compensation and costs
5. Legal procedure; dispute resolution; role of expert witnesses
6. Confidentiality and disclosure
7. Consent; minors and the mentally incapacitated; research; training
8. Complaints, whistle-blowing and disciplinary proceedings
9. Doctors and the coroner's court
10. Doctors and the criminal law
John Paul Garside LLB LLM
Solicitor of the Supreme Court of England and Wales; Head of Legal Services, Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital
Margaret Branthwaite MD FRCP FFARCS
Barrister, Lincoln's Inn; formerly Consultant Physician and Anaesthetist, Royal Brompton Hospital, London
5 Stars: Excellent, clear, concise and simple to read guide!,
I found this book an excellent guide ... The glossary of legal terms was invaluable and the sources of legal references most useful so that one can look up the cases needed. Overall, a very well written and presented book that almost anyone could pick up and understand.
Amazon customer review, Mar 01
4 Stars: Excellent current overview
Very punchy and concise summary of current case and statute law for doctors. References and key cases and statutes are good.
Amazon customer review, Mar 01
Although very concise, the amount of information is adequate to meet the aims of the book, and useful lists of further reading are included in each chapter ... This is an easy-to-read guide to the common areas of law with which doctors come into contact ... a helpful revision aid for those doctors who undergo a further qualification in medical law.
British Journal of Hospital Medicine
This book is a gem. It should be read by every doctor regardless of speciality. It also should be available in every hospital department and in all health centres. The reviewer wishes that it had been available twenty years ago!
The Ulster Medical Journal
For anyone seeking basic information on the medicolegal aspects of day-to-day medicine, this is a book to go for.
Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine
For its size, the book manages to cover quite considerable detail. It provides footnote references to leading cases with two line summaries that give a flavour of the case to those frustrated by the legal jargon and the mysteries of the procedure going on around them, it should provide some of the explanation, if not justification, for the system they are expected to step in and out of.