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Medical Law and Ethics

Eighth Edition

Jonathan Herring

May 2020

ISBN: 9780198846956

704 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, 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 in the areas of medical negligence; capacity and Gillick competence; medical decisions for children; reproduction; end-of-life decisions; and reforms of abortion law and organ donation
  • Discussion of recent legislation and guidance, including the Organ Donation (Deemed Consent) Act 2019, Liberty Protection Safeguards and the Mental Capacity (Amendment) Act 2019, and consideration of The United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in relation to mental health
  • Updated coverage of recent case law, including Bawa-Garba v The General Medical Council & Ors, Darnley v Croydon Health Services NHS Trust, Khan v Meadows, ARB v IVF Hammersmith, Raqeeb v Barts NHS Foundation Trust, and An NHS Trust v Y

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


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

Additional Resources

Digital formats and resources
This 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 text is also supported by online resources which include:
    - 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
    - Answer guidance to one question per chapter