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Text, Cases and Materials on Medical Law and Ethics

5th Edition

By Marc Stauch, Kay Wheat

© 2015 – Routledge (Textbook (Standard) (DRM-Free))

660 pages

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Text, Cases and Materials on Medical Law and Ethics presents a valuable collection of materials relating to often controversial areas of the law. Comprising extracts from statutes, cases and scholarly articles alongside expert author commentary and guidance which signposts the key issues and principles, this book is an ideal companion to this increasingly popular subject.

Fully revised, this new edition incorporates expanded content, including:

  • updated coverage of consent and decision-making, including the the Montgomery v Lanarkshire Health Board (2015) judgment;
  • the impacts of the EC directive for clinical trials and GDPR on the research use of patient data; and
  • discussion of other recent developments in the case law, including the 2017 Charlie Gard litigation, the 2016 Privy Council decision in Williams v Bermuda on negligence causation, and the UK Supreme Court judgment in A & B v SS for Health (2017) on funding for patients seeking terminations from Northern Ireland.

Providing a comprehensive and up-to-date resource on this topical area of the law, this textbook is an invaluable reference tool for students of medical law as well as those studying medicine.


"This valuable work provides us with rich, up-to-date material relating to the law and there are consistent ethical discussions throughout each chapter from a variety of different perspectives.The book covers all the major areas of medical ethics and law: consent, confidentiality, abortion, euthanasia and mental health among others." Pravin Thevathasan, Catholic Medical Quarterly

Table of Contents

PART 1 GENERAL PRINCIPLES, 1 Introduction to Ethics, 2 Health Care in England and Wales, 3 Consent to Treatment, 4 Treating the Incapable Patient, 5 Confidentiality, Privacy and Access to Medical Records, 6 Medical Malpractice, PART 2 SPECIFIC AREAS IN MEDICAL TREATMENT, 7 Assisted Reproduction and Embryo Research, 8 Abortion and Pre-Natal Harm, 9 Mental Health Law, 10 Medical Research, 11 Organ Transplantation, 12 Treatment at the End of Life

About the Authors

Marc Stauch, MA (Oxon), Dr jur (Göttingen), is a Lecturer and Research Fellow at Leibniz University of Hannover.

Kay Wheat, BA is a Reader in Law at Nottingham Trent University.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LAW / Ethics & Professional Responsibility
LAW / Medical Law & Legislation