Biomedical Law and Ethics Library

Series Editor: Sheila A.M. McLean

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.

  • The Umbilical Cord Blood Controversies in Medical Law

    By Karen Devine

    This book explores the legal and ethical dilemmas that arise from the procurement, storage and use of stem cells derived from the umbilical cord of new-born infants. Karen Devine traces the emergence of umbilical cord blood (UCB) as a biological resource of potential therapeutic value, and…

    Hardback – 2016-06-14 
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  • The Ethical and Legal Consequences of Posthumous Reproduction

    Edited by Browne Lewis

    Posthumous reproduction refers to the procedure that enables a child to be conceived using the gametes of a dead person. Advances in reproductive technology mean it is now possible to assist in creating a life after you die and in recent years the number of women who have attempted to get pregnant…

    Hardback – 2015-12-19 
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  • Birth, Harm and the Role of Distributive Justice

    Burdens, Blessings, Need and Desert

    By Alasdair Maclean

    This book looks at the issue of harm in relation to wrongful birth, wrongful life and wrongful pregnancy claims. While addressing the issue of whether English Law is coherent and consistent in these cases, Alasdair Maclean also draws comparisons with other jurisdictions looking at the different…

    Hardback – 2015-12-14 
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  • Regulating Risk

    Values and Law in Health Research Governance

    By Shawn H.E. Harmon

    This book undertakes an exploration of the key concept of ‘values’ and particularly examines the significance of socio-moral values to the advancement of the field of biomedical law and research governance. Values serve as a touchstone throughout the book and the author seeks to identify the values…

    Hardback – 2015-12-14 
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  • Autonomy and Pregnancy

    A Comparative Analysis of Compelled Obstetric Intervention

    By Samantha Halliday

    Technology has come to dominate the modern experience of pregnancy and childbirth, but instead of empowering pregnant women, technology has been used to identify the foetus as a second patient characterised as a distinct entity with its own needs and interests. Often, foetal and the woman’s…

    Paperback – 2015-11-11 
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  • Pioneering Healthcare Law

    Essays in Honour of Margaret Brazier

    Edited by Catherine Stanton, Sarah Devaney, Anne-Maree Farrell, Alexandra Mullock

    This book celebrates Professor Margaret Brazier’s outstanding contribution to the field of healthcare law and bioethics. It examines key aspects developed in Professor Brazier’s agenda-setting body of work, with contributions being provided by leading experts in the field from the UK, Australia,…

    Hardback – 2015-11-08 
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  • Coercive Care

    Rights, Law and Policy

    Edited by Bernadette Mcsherry, Ian Freckelton

    There has been much debate about mental health law reform and mental capacity legislation in recent years with the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities also having a major impact on thinking about the issue. This edited volume explores the concept of ‘coercive care’ in relation…

    Paperback – 2015-08-20 
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  • Saviour Siblings

    A Relational Approach to the Welfare of the Child in Selective Reproduction

    By Michelle Taylor-Sands

    Genetic screening technologies involving pre-implantation genetic diagnosis (PGD) raise particular issues about selective reproduction and the welfare of the child to be born. How does selection impact on the identity of the child who is born? Are children who are selected for a particular purpose…

    Paperback – 2015-08-20 
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  • Human Population Genetic Research in Developing Countries

    The Issue of Group Protection

    By Yue Wang

    Human population genetic research (HPGR) seeks to identify the diversity and variation of the human genome and how human group and individual genetic diversity has developed. This book asks whether developing countries are well prepared for the ethical and legal conduct of human population genetic…

    Paperback – 2015-08-20 
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  • The Legitimacy of Medical Treatment

    What Role for the Medical Exception?

    Edited by Sara Fovargue, Alexandra Mullock

    Whenever the legitimacy of a new or ethically contentious medical intervention is considered, a range of influences will determine whether the treatment becomes accepted as lawful medical treatment. The development and introduction of abortion, organ donation, gender reassignment, and…

    Hardback – 2015-08-19 
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  • Revisiting the Regulation of Human Fertilisation and Embryology

    By Kirsty Horsey

    The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 2008 was a major update to the UK’s laws on the use and regulation of reproductive technology and assisted reproduction. Since the enactment of the new law, the sector’s regulatory body, the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA), has also…

    Hardback – 2015-06-24
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  • Critically Impaired Infants and End of Life Decision Making

    Resource Allocation and Difficult Decisions

    By Neera Bhatia

    Decisions to withdraw or withhold life-sustaining treatment are contentious, and offer difficult moral dilemmas to both medical practitioners and the judiciary. This issue is exacerbated when the patient is unable to exercise autonomy and is entirely dependent on the will of others. This book…

    Hardback – 2015-06-08
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  • The Voices and Rooms of European Bioethics

    Edited by Richard Huxtable, Ruud ter Meulen

    This book reflects on the many contributions made in and to European bioethics to date, in various locations, and from various disciplinary perspectives. In so doing, the book advances understanding of the academic and social status of European bioethics as it is being supported and practiced by…

    Hardback – 2015-05-10
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  • Regulating Pre-Implantation Genetic Diagnosis

    A Comparative and Theoretical Analysis

    Edited by Sheila A.M. McLean, Sarah Elliston

    The successful achievement of pregnancies following pre-implantation genetic diagnosis (PGD) was first reported in April 1990. The technology is often used for patients who are at substantial risk of conceiving a pregnancy affected by a known genetic disorder, however from this technology other…

    Paperback – 2014-03-20
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  • Bioethics

    Methods, Theories, Domains

    By Marcus Düwell

    This book is a philosophically-oriented introduction to bioethics. It offers the reader an overview of key debates in bioethics relevant to various areas including; organ retrieval, stem cell research, justice in healthcare and issues in environmental ethics, including issues surrounding food and…

    Paperback – 2014-03-09
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  • Stem Cell Research and the Collaborative Regulation of Innovation

    By Sarah Devaney

    Hopes are high that stem cell (SC) research will lead to treatments and cures for some of the most serious diseases affecting humankind today. SC science has been used in a treatment setting in the replacement of patients’ windpipes and in restoring sight to patients who were blind in one eye and…

    Hardback – 2013-11-28
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  • Medical Ethics in China

    A Transcultural Interpretation

    By Jing-Bao Nie

    Drawing on a wide range of primary historical and sociological sources and employing sharp philosophical analysis, this book investigates medical ethics from a Chinese-Western comparative perspective. In doing so, it offers a fascinating exploration of both cultural differences and commonalities…

    Paperback – 2013-11-10
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  • Genomic Negligence

    An Interest in Autonomy as the Basis for Novel Negligence Claims Generated by Genetic Technology

    By Victoria Chico

    Advances in genetic technology will lead to novel legal challenges. This book identifies four potential genomic claims which may be articulated as novel negligence challenges. Each of these claims is considered from the perspective of the English courts’ approach to novel kinds of damage. It is…

    Paperback – 2013-05-06
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  • Law, Ethics and Compromise at the Limits of Life

    To Treat or not to Treat?

    By Richard Huxtable

    A conflict arises in the clinic over the care of a critically ill, incapacitated patient. The clinicians and the patient’s family confront a difficult choice: to treat or not to treat? Decisions to withdraw or withhold life-sustaining treatment feature frequently in the courts and in the world's…

    Paperback – 2012-08-29
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  • Health Professionals and Trust

    The Cure for Healthcare Law and Policy

    By Mark Henaghan

    An ever increasing number of codes of conduct, disciplinary bodies, ethics committees and bureaucratic policies now prescribe how health professionals and health researchers relate to their patients. In this book, Mark Henaghan argues that the result of this trend towards heightened regulation has…

    Paperback – 2011-10-19
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  • Healthcare Research Ethics and Law

    Regulation, Review and Responsibility

    By Hazel Biggs

    The book explores and explains the relationship between law and ethics in the context of medically related research in order to provide a practical guide to understanding for members of research ethics committees (RECs), professionals involved with medical research and those with an academic…

    Paperback – 2009-10-14
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  • Autonomy, Consent and the Law

    By Sheila A.M. McLean

    Autonomy is often said to be the dominant ethical principle in modern bioethics, and it is also important in law. Respect for autonomy is said to underpin the law of consent, which is theoretically designed to protect the right of patients to make decisions based on their own values and for their…

    Paperback – 2009-08-16
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  • The Body in Bioethics

    By Alastair V. Campbell

    Recent debates about uses and abuses of the human body in medicine have highlighted the need for a thorough discussion of the ethics of the uses of bodies, both living and dead. Thorough and comprehensive, this volume explores different views of the significance of the human body and contrasting…

    Paperback – 2009-04-02
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  • Medicine, Malpractice and Misapprehensions

    By V.H. Harpwood

    Analyzing the level of claims for clinical negligence in the light of the most recent trends and discovering whether there is indeed a litigation crisis in healthcare, this book is a topical and compelling exploration of healthcare and doctor-patient relationships. The author: identifies and…

    Paperback – 2007-12-05
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  • Values in Medicine

    What are We Really Doing to Patients?

    By Donald Evans

    Written by a leading proponent of the philosophy and ethics of healthcare, this volume is filled with thought-provoking and frequently controversial ideas and arguments. Accessibly written, it provides readers with a timely contribution to the current literature on medical ethics, in which the…

    Paperback – 2007-12-05
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  • Euthanasia, Ethics and the Law

    From Conflict to Compromise

    By Richard Huxtable

    Euthanasia, Ethics and the Law argues that the law governing the ending of life in England and Wales is unclear, confused and often contradictory. The book shows that the rules are in competition because the ethical principles underlying the rules are also diverse and conflicting. In mounting his…

    Paperback – 2007-11-28
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  • Assisted Dying

    Reflections on the Need for Law Reform

    By Sheila McLean

    Assisted Dying explores the law relating to euthanasia and assisted suicide, tracing its development from prohibition through to the laissez faire attitude adopted in a number of countries in the 21st Century. This book provides an in-depth critique of the arguments surrounding legislative control…

    Paperback – 2007-11-28
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  • The Best Interests of the Child in Healthcare

    By Sarah Elliston

    Topical and compelling, this volume provides an excellent re-evaluation of the ‘best interests’ test in the healthcare arena; the ways in which it has developed, the inherent difficulties in its use and its interpretation in legal cases concerning the medical care of children. Comprehensively…

    Paperback – 2007-11-14
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  • Defending the Genetic Supermarket

    The Law and Ethics of Selecting the Next Generation

    By Colin Gavaghan

    The controversial topic of the technology of Pre-implantation Genetic Diagnosis, and the muddled approach to this subject adopted by the UK Parliament, is explored in detail in this volume. The author takes the viewpoint that the HFEA has taken insufficient notice to date of certain core ethical…

    Paperback – 2007-01-31
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  • Impairment and Disability

    Law and Ethics at the Beginning and End of Life

    By Sheila McLean, Laura Williamson

    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…

    Paperback – 2007-01-31
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  • Bioethics and the Humanities

    Attitudes and Perceptions

    By Robin Downie, Jane Macnaughton

    Critiquing many areas of medical practice and research whilst making constructive suggestions about medical education, this book extends the scope of medical ethics beyond sole concern with regulation. Illustrating some humanistic ways of understanding patients, this volume explores the connections…

    Paperback – 2007-01-24
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  • The Harm Paradox

    Tort Law and the Unwanted Child in an Era of Choice

    By Nicolette Priaulx

    Offering the first comprehensive theoretical engagement with actions for wrongful conception and birth, The Harm Paradox provides readers with an insightful critique into the concepts of choice, responsibility and personhood. Raising fundamental questions relating to birth, abortion, family…

    Paperback – 2007-01-17
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  • Intention and Causation in Medical Non-Killing

    The Impact of Criminal Law Concepts on Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide

    By Glenys Williams

    Analyzing the concepts of intention and causation in euthanasia, this timely new book explores a broad selection of disciplines, including criminal and medical law, medical ethics, philosophy and social policy and suggests an alternative solution to the one currently used by the courts, based on…

    Paperback – 2006-12-20
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  • Human Fertilisation and Embryology

    Reproducing Regulation

    Edited by Kirsty Horsey, Hazel Biggs

    Relevant to students, academics and practitioners across the globe, this original volume highlights contemporary issues associated with assisted reproduction and embryology and critically analyzes the law surrounding human reproduction in the light of case law and technological developments since…

    Paperback – 2006-12-13
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