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Medical Law and Ethics

Ninth Edition

Jonathan Herring

April 2022

ISBN: 9780192856562

728 pages

Price: £39.99

Lively and student-friendly discussion of the law presented alongside a range of ethical perspectives.



Medical Law and Ethics covers the core legal principles, key cases, and statutes that govern medical law alongside the key ethical debates and dilemmas that exist in the field.

  • A concise text providing discussion of the law and an overview of the ethical perspectives, ensuring that readers are able to fully understand the law and its context
  • Jonathan Herring's lively and captivating writing style brings this highly topical aspect of law to life, while remaining closely tailored to course requirements, and as a result this book is the perfect study companion
  • Carefully created features throughout the text draw attention to the many diverging opinions in medical law, including religious, feminist, and European perspectives, to ensure that readers develop a fully rounded appreciation of the complexities of the subject
  • As the most regularly updated medical law text, you can be confident that the book takes account of the most recent developments in this extremely fast moving subject area
  • Also available as an e-book with functionality, navigation features, and links that offer extra learning support

New to this edition

  • Thoroughly updated to cover all the latest developments in the areas of medical negligence; capacity and Gillick competence; medical decisions for children; reproduction; end-of-life decisions; and abortion law
  • Discussion of the issues raised for medical law and ethics by the COVID pandemic
  • A new chapter specifically looking at the medical treatment of children
  • Updated coverage of recent case law, including: Barnsley Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust v MSP; Bell v Tavistock and Portman NHS Trust; Khan v Meadows; R (British Pregnancy Advisory Service) v Secretary of State for Health and Social Care; R (Cotter) v NICE; Re H (A Child) (Parental Responsibility: Vaccination); Re M (declaration of death of child); Re PW (Jehovah's Witness: Validity of Advance Decision); Schembri v Marshall; Toombes v Mitchell; University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust v NZ

About the Author(s)

Jonathan Herring, Professor of Law, Exeter College, University of Oxford

Jonathan Herring is Professor of Law at Exeter College, University of Oxford. He is a widely published author across several disciplines, including criminal law, family law, and legal ethics.

Table of Contents

    1:Ethics and medical law
    2:The structure of the National Health Service and the rationing of healthcare resources
    3:Medical negligence
    4:Consent to treatment
    5:Children and medicine
    6:Mental health law
    8:Contraception, abortion, and pregnancy
    10:Organ donation and the ownership of body parts
    11:Dying and death


"Review from previous edition Winner of first prize in the Basis of Medicine category at the BMA Medical Book Awards 2019"

Additional Resources

Digital formats and resources
The ninth edition is available for students and institutions to purchase in a variety of formats, and is supported by online resources.
· 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
· The online resources include: complete bibliography and list of further reading; links to key cases; a video from the author which introduces the book; links to key sites with information on medical law and ethics; and answer guidance to one question per chapter.