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Medical Law

Text, Cases, and Materials

Fifth Edition

Emily Jackson

August 2019

ISBN: 9780198825845

1,040 pages

In Stock

Text, Cases, and Materials

Price: £44.99

This award-winning book offers the most comprehensive discussion of the law and its ethical context using extracts from a wide range of cases and materials to encourage thoughtful debate.



Medical Law: Text, Cases, and Materials offers all of the explanation, commentary, and extracts from cases and key materials that students need to gain a thorough understanding of this complex topic.

  • Extracts from a wide variety of academic materials ensure students acquire an overview of a range of different perspectives
  • Insightful author commentary and detailed analysis ensures that students gain a thorough understanding of the ethical context in which the law operates
  • Central Issues sections at the start of each chapter outline the key concepts covered, and further reading sections at the end provide guidance on further sources for research
  • Also available as an e-book with functionality, navigation features, and links that offer extra learning support

New to this edition

  • Coverage of important new cases, including Bawa-Garba v General Medical Council; Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Foundation Trust v Yates; Alder Hey Children's NHS Foundation Trust v Evans; Re (Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission's Application for Judicial Review); An NHS Trust v Y; and R (on the application of Conway) v Secretary of State for Justice
  • Coverage of the Independent Review of the Mental Health Act 1983
  • A revised chapter with coverage of some emerging biotechnologies, including artificial intelligence and neurotechnologies
  • Coverage of the implications of genome editing
  • Coverage of the government's proposal to implement an opt-out system for organ donation by 2020
  • The chapters on incapacity and medical malpractice have been restructured to enable a better fit to most courses

About the Author(s)

Emily Jackson, Professor of Law, London School of Economics

Table of Contents

    1:An introduction to bioethics
    2:The provision of health care services: the NHS, resource allocation, and public health
    3:Medical malpractice
    4:Informed consent
    5:Incapacity I: Adults
    6:Incapacity II: Children
    7:Mental health law
    9:Genetic information
    10:Clinical research
    11:The regulation of medicines
    12:Organ transplantation
    13:Embryo research, stem cells, and emerging biotechnologies
    15:Assisted conception
    17:Assisted dying


"This is the best text, cases and materials book on medical law around. It explains the law and ethical literature in an accessible manner while still being thorough. I cannot recommend it highly enough." - Dr Craig Purshouse, Lecturer in Law, University of Leeds

"The seminal textbook for teaching any aspect of medical law...clearly written with a real depth of accessible analysis and a wealth of resources." - Caroline Chappell, Senior Lecturer in Law, University of Chester

"It is a compelling read, which has gone a long way to reconceptualising key medico-legal concepts. It has a linear and profoundly rational approach to readily misunderstood concepts, the three Cs - capacity, consent and confidentiality. [...] This book provides an academic grounding to these concepts and navigates the minefield of medicolegal (and indeed some ethical) issues with ease and substance." - Winner of First Prize in the Basis of Medicine category at the 2017 BMA Medical Book Awards

Additional Resources

Digital formats
This fifth edition is available for students and institutions to purchase in a variety of formats.

  • The e-book offers a mobile experience and convenient access along with functionality tools, navigation features and links that offer extra learning support: www.oxfordtextbooks.co.uk/ebooks

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