This book is to help you understand the main ethical and legal details you need to know in order to practice medicine safely and well. Medical ethics is an inherently fascinating subject, and throws up new issues every day. Good ethical thinking requires practice and application and there are essentials that are easy to grasp and learn quickly - this book will show you how. It contains short summaries, with examples, and guidance on your legal position, of a series of core topics of medical ethics and law. Its aim is to give you some guides to effective, safe and good clinical practice.
Truthfulness, trust and good communication. Consent. Confidentiality. Children, medicine and law. Mental health. Life and death, dying and killing. Human reproduction. The GMC, complaints and wistleblowing. Medical research. Rationing resources. Health care rights. The new genetics.