This short textbook of ethics and law is aimed at doctors in training and in practice. Medical ethics and law are now firmly embedded in the curricula of medical schools. The ability to make clinical decisions on the basis of critical reasoning is a skill that is rightly presumed as necessary in today's doctors. Medical decisions involve not only scientific understanding but also ethical values and legal analysis. The belief that it is ethically right to act in one way rather than another should be based on good reasons: it is not enough to follow what doctors have always done, nor what experienced doctors now do.
The third edition has been revised and updated to reflect changes in the core curriculum for students, developments in the law as well as advances in medicine and technology. It includes a new 'extensions' section, providing an outline of important developing areas in medical ethics.
1. Reasoning about ethics.
2. Ethical theories and perspectives.
3. Three core concepts in medical ethics - best interests, autonomy and rights.
4. An introduction to law.
5. Doctors and patients: relationships and responsibilities.
Part 2: Core topics
8. Mental Health
10. Resource allocation
11. Children and young people
12. Disability and disease
13. Reproductive medicine
14. End of Life
15. Organ transplantation and definitions of death
16. Medical Research and audit
Part 3: Extensions
19. Information ethics
20. Public health ethics
Savulescu, Julian Uehiro Chair in Practical Ethics and Director, Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics, University of Oxford, Oxford, UK; Visiting Professorial Fellow in Biomedical Ethics, Murdoch Children's Research Institute; Distinguished Visiting International Professorship in Law, University of Melbourne, Australia.
Herring, Jonathan Professor of Law and Vice Dean, Faculty of Law, Oxford University, UK.