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Medical Law and Ethics: A Problem-Based Approach
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Medical Law and Ethics: A Problem-Based Approach

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To be published Nov 2013 (LexisNexis) PRE-ORDER NOW!
ISBN: 9780409333534. Soft cover.

Richards, B; Louise, J

Medical Law and Ethics: A Problem-Based Approach offers a unique and accessible treatment of legal and ethical issues in the context of professional medical treatment.

Thoughtful and challenging scenarios are used to develop a clear understanding of the complex ethical and legal considerations arising in medical practice.

In this problem-based approach, unlike many traditional commentary works in this area, readers have the opportunity to work through the issues raised in a series of patient situations. The discussion drawn from the scenarios demonstrates the relevance of key concepts in each topic and underlines their importance for both health professionals and legal practitioners. The application of leading cases and legislation is contextualised to identify their importance in appropriate decision-making and the tension for health professionals between legal and ethical behaviour is clearly presented.

Each chapter covers a different perspective in which the rights and responsibilities of medical students, health practitioners and patients are discussed. Insights are also provided into start and end of life decision-making and the ethically complex issue of organ donation.

The familiar scenario structure of the text ensures effective guidance is provided for medical and public health students and health professionals, and the engaging and topical nature of the in-depth analysis of each problem ensures law students cover all key concepts at an appropriate level.

• Covers all key legal and ethical concepts essential to the practice of health professionals and their legal advisors.
• Clear, accurate discussion of complex and challenging issues made accessible to both legal and non-legal audience.
• Offers problem-based scenarios from which identification and analysis of legal and ethical issues is drawn.

Richards, B

Bernadette Richards is a senior lecturer in tort law and medical law and ethics at the University of Adelaide. She has published widely in the field of medical law with a focus on consent to medical treatment. Her research interests focus on the intersection between law and ethics in the context of medical treatment.

Louise, J

Jennie Louise is a lecturer in medical and health ethics at the University of Adelaide. Her research interests include professionalism and professional ethics in medicine and health, public health ethics, and the ethics of medical and health decision-making.

Chapter 1: Introduction
Chapter 2: Rights and Duties of the Medical Student
Chapter 3: Rights and Duties of the Doctor
chapter 4: Rights and Duties of the Patient
Chapter 5: Consent to Medical Treatment
Chapter 6: Privacy and Confidentiality
Chapter 7: Start of Life Decisions
Chapter 8: End of Life Decisions
Chapter 9: Organ Donation

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