Ethics and Law for the Health Professions is a cross-disciplinary medico-legal textbook whose previous editions have been widely used by students, teachers and practitioners in the health professions and in law.
This new fourth edition is an invaluable resource that has been extensively revised and updated to take account of developments in law, biomedical science, healthcare delivery and bioethics.
Sections dealing with critical reasoning, problem solving, professionalism, negligence, standards of care, public health and the emerging biosciences have been considerably expanded and entirely new chapters have been added dealing with sexuality, culture, rural health, evidence and global health.
As with previous textbooks of the same title, the latest edition of Ethics and Law for the Health Professions focuses on issues that are relevant both to clinicians and to health policy makers.
It combines insights from philosophy, bioethics and the health social sciences, biomedical research data and case law.
Importantly, this textbook recognises that health professionals must understand both the ethical and legal implications of their practice but is careful to distinguish between the two.
Anyone who is responsible for the design and delivery of health care; or who has an interest in how health care can best meet and reflect the needs and values of the community, should buy themselves one of these textbooks.