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Medical Law and Ethics

Seventh Edition

Jonathan Herring

March 2018

ISBN: 9780198810605

680 pages

In Stock

Price: £36.99

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, ensuring that 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

New to this edition

  • Thoroughly updated to cover all the latest developments including important case law on mental capacity and euthanasia, including the Charlie Gard litigation, the decision of the Supreme Court in Montgomery, and the Court of Appeal in Conway. This new edition also includes coverage of the new Codes of Practice issued by the Human Tissue Authority.

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: Confidentiality
    6: Contraception, abortion, and pregnancy
    7: Reproduction
    8: Organ donation and the ownership of body parts
    9: Dying and death
    10: Mental health law


"First Prize in Basis of Medicine in the 2019 BMA Medical Book Awards"

Additional Resources

This book is accompanied by the following online resources:

- Complete bibliography and list of further reading
- Links to the key cases mentioned in the book
- A video from the author which introduces the book and sets the scene for your studies
- Links to key sites with information on medical law and ethics

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