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The Biomedical Law and Ethics Library

Series Edited by Sheila A.M. McLean, University of Glasgow, UK

Scientific and clinical advances, social and political developments and the impact of healthcare on our lives raise profound ethical and legal questions. Medical law and ethics have become central to our understanding of these problems, and are important tools for the analysis and resolution of problems – real or imagined.

In this series, scholars at the forefront of biomedical law and ethics contribute to the debates in this area, with accessible, thought-provoking, and sometimes controversial ideas. Each book in the series develops an independent hypothesis and argues cogently for a particular position. One of the major contributions of this series is the extent to which both law and ethics are utilised in the content of the books, and the shape of the series itself.

The books in this series are analytical, with a key target audience of lawyers, doctors, nurses, and the intelligent lay public.

  1. Stem Cell Research and the Collaborative Regulation of Innovation

    By Sarah Devaney

    Series: Biomedical Law and Ethics Library

    Hopes are high that stem cell (SC) research will lead to treatments and cures for some of the most serious diseases affecting humankind today. SC science has been used in a treatment setting in the replacement of patients’ windpipes and in restoring sight to patients who were blind in one eye and...

    Published November 28th 2013 by Routledge

  2. Human Population Genetic Research in Developing Countries

    The Issue of Group Protection

    By Yue Wang

    Series: Biomedical Law and Ethics Library

    Human population genetic research (HPGR) seeks to identify the diversity and variation of the human genome and how human group and individual genetic diversity has developed. This book asks whether developing countries are well prepared for the ethical and legal conduct of human population genetic...

    Published November 19th 2013 by Routledge

  3. Saviour Siblings

    A Relational Approach to the Welfare of the Child in Selective Reproduction

    By Michelle Taylor-Sands

    Series: Biomedical Law and Ethics Library

    Genetic screening technologies involving pre-implantation genetic diagnosis (PGD) raise particular issues about selective reproduction and the welfare of the child to be born. How does selection impact on the identity of the child who is born? Are children who are selected for a particular purpose...

    Published October 16th 2013 by Routledge

  4. Coercive Care

    Rights, Law and Policy

    Edited by Bernadette Mcsherry, Ian Freckelton

    Series: Biomedical Law and Ethics Library

    There has been much debate about mental health law reform and mental capacity legislation in recent years with the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities also having a major impact on thinking about the issue. This edited volume explores the concept of ‘coercive care’ in relation...

    Published June 24th 2013 by Routledge

  5. Genomic Negligence

    An Interest in Autonomy as the Basis for Novel Negligence Claims Generated by Genetic Technology

    By Victoria Chico

    Series: Biomedical Law and Ethics Library

    Advances in genetic technology will lead to novel legal challenges. This book identifies four potential genomic claims which may be articulated as novel negligence challenges. Each of these claims is considered from the perspective of the English courts’ approach to novel kinds of damage. It is...

    Published May 6th 2013 by Routledge

  6. Bioethics

    Methods, Theories, Domains

    By Marcus Düwell

    Series: Biomedical Law and Ethics Library

    This book is a philosophically-oriented introduction to bioethics. It offers the reader an overview of key debates in bioethics relevant to various areas including; organ retrieval, stem cell research, justice in healthcare and issues in environmental ethics, including issues surrounding food and...

    Published October 28th 2012 by Routledge

  7. Regulating Pre-Implantation Genetic Diagnosis

    A Comparative and Theoretical Analysis

    Edited by Sheila A.M. McLean, Sarah Elliston

    Series: Biomedical Law and Ethics Library

    The successful achievement of pregnancies following pre-implantation genetic diagnosis (PGD) was first reported in April 1990. The technology is often used for patients who are at substantial risk of conceiving a pregnancy affected by a known genetic disorder, however from this technology other...

    Published September 25th 2012 by Routledge

  8. Law, Ethics and Compromise at the Limits of Life

    To Treat or not to Treat?

    By Richard Huxtable

    Series: Biomedical Law and Ethics Library

    A conflict arises in the clinic over the care of a critically ill, incapacitated patient. The clinicians and the patient’s family confront a difficult choice: to treat or not to treat? Decisions to withdraw or withhold life-sustaining treatment feature frequently in the courts and in the world's...

    Published August 29th 2012 by Routledge

  9. Medical Ethics in China

    A Transcultural Interpretation

    By Jing-Bao Nie

    Series: Biomedical Law and Ethics Library

    Drawing on a wide range of primary historical and sociological sources and employing sharp philosophical analysis, this book investigates medical ethics from a Chinese-Western comparative perspective. In doing so, it offers a fascinating exploration of both cultural differences and commonalities...

    Published December 15th 2011 by Routledge

  10. Health Professionals and Trust

    The Cure for Healthcare Law and Policy

    By Mark Henaghan

    Series: Biomedical Law and Ethics Library

    An ever increasing number of codes of conduct, disciplinary bodies, ethics committees and bureaucratic policies now prescribe how health professionals and health researchers relate to their patients. In this book, Mark Henaghan argues that the result of this trend towards heightened regulation has...

    Published October 19th 2011 by Routledge-Cavendish

  11. Healthcare Research Ethics and Law

    Regulation, Review and Responsibility

    By Hazel Biggs

    Series: Biomedical Law and Ethics Library

    The book explores and explains the relationship between law and ethics in the context of medically related research in order to provide a practical guide to understanding for members of research ethics committees (RECs), professionals involved with medical research and those with an academic...

    Published October 14th 2009 by Routledge-Cavendish

  12. Autonomy, Consent and the Law

    By Sheila A.M. McLean

    Series: Biomedical Law and Ethics Library

    Autonomy is often said to be the dominant ethical principle in modern bioethics, and it is also important in law. Respect for autonomy is said to underpin the law of consent, which is theoretically designed to protect the right of patients to make decisions based on their own values and for their...

    Published August 16th 2009 by Routledge

  13. The Body in Bioethics

    By Alastair V. Campbell

    Series: Biomedical Law and Ethics Library

    Recent debates about uses and abuses of the human body in medicine have highlighted the need for a thorough discussion of the ethics of the uses of bodies, both living and dead. Thorough and comprehensive, this volume explores different views of the significance of the human body and contrasting...

    Published April 2nd 2009 by Routledge-Cavendish

  14. Medicine, Malpractice and Misapprehensions

    By V.H. Harpwood

    Series: Biomedical Law and Ethics Library

    Analyzing the level of claims for clinical negligence in the light of the most recent trends and discovering whether there is indeed a litigation crisis in healthcare, this book is a topical and compelling exploration of healthcare and doctor-patient relationships. The author: identifies and...

    Published December 5th 2007 by Routledge-Cavendish

  15. Values in Medicine

    What are We Really Doing to Patients?

    By Donald Evans

    Series: Biomedical Law and Ethics Library

    Written by a leading proponent of the philosophy and ethics of healthcare, this volume is filled with thought-provoking and frequently controversial ideas and arguments. Accessibly written, it provides readers with a timely contribution to the current literature on medical ethics, in which the...

    Published December 5th 2007 by Routledge-Cavendish

  16. Euthanasia, Ethics and the Law

    From Conflict to Compromise

    By Richard Huxtable

    Series: Biomedical Law and Ethics Library

    Euthanasia, Ethics and the Law argues that the law governing the ending of life in England and Wales is unclear, confused and often contradictory. The book shows that the rules are in competition because the ethical principles underlying the rules are also diverse and conflicting. In mounting his...

    Published November 29th 2007 by Routledge-Cavendish

  17. Assisted Dying

    Reflections on the Need for Law Reform

    By Sheila McLean

    Series: Biomedical Law and Ethics Library

    Assisted Dying explores the law relating to euthanasia and assisted suicide, tracing its development from prohibition through to the laissez faire attitude adopted in a number of countries in the 21st Century. This book provides an in-depth critique of the arguments surrounding legislative control...

    Published November 28th 2007 by Routledge-Cavendish

  18. The Best Interests of the Child in Healthcare

    By Sarah Elliston

    Series: Biomedical Law and Ethics Library

    Topical and compelling, this volume provides an excellent re-evaluation of the ‘best interests’ test in the healthcare arena; the ways in which it has developed, the inherent difficulties in its use and its interpretation in legal cases concerning the medical care of children. Comprehensively...

    Published November 14th 2007 by Routledge-Cavendish

  19. Defending the Genetic Supermarket

    The Law and Ethics of Selecting the Next Generation

    By Colin Gavaghan

    Series: Biomedical Law and Ethics Library

    The controversial topic of the technology of Pre-implantation Genetic Diagnosis, and the muddled approach to this subject adopted by the UK Parliament, is explored in detail in this volume. The author takes the viewpoint that the HFEA has taken insufficient notice to date of certain core ethical...

    Published January 31st 2007 by Routledge-Cavendish

  20. Impairment and Disability

    Law and Ethics at the Beginning and End of Life

    By Sheila McLean, Laura Williamson

    Series: Biomedical Law and Ethics Library

    This book explores legislation intended to protect the interests of people with disabilities or impairments. Considering a broad range of ethical and legal concerns which arise in issues of life, death and disability, it covers the social and legal responses to the equality rights of disabled...

    Published January 31st 2007 by Routledge-Cavendish

  21. Bioethics and the Humanities

    Attitudes and Perceptions

    By Robin Downie, Jane Macnaughton

    Series: Biomedical Law and Ethics Library

    Critiquing many areas of medical practice and research whilst making constructive suggestions about medical education, this book extends the scope of medical ethics beyond sole concern with regulation. Illustrating some humanistic ways of understanding patients, this volume explores the connections...

    Published January 24th 2007 by Routledge-Cavendish

  22. The Harm Paradox

    Tort Law and the Unwanted Child in an Era of Choice

    By Nicolette Priaulx

    Series: Biomedical Law and Ethics Library

    Offering the first comprehensive theoretical engagement with actions for wrongful conception and birth, The Harm Paradox provides readers with an insightful critique into the concepts of choice, responsibility and personhood. Raising fundamental questions relating to birth, abortion, family...

    Published January 17th 2007 by Routledge-Cavendish

  23. Intention and Causation in Medical Non-Killing

    The Impact of Criminal Law Concepts on Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide

    By Glenys Williams

    Series: Biomedical Law and Ethics Library

    Analyzing the concepts of intention and causation in euthanasia, this timely new book explores a broad selection of disciplines, including criminal and medical law, medical ethics, philosophy and social policy and suggests an alternative solution to the one currently used by the courts, based on...

    Published December 21st 2006 by Routledge-Cavendish

  24. Human Fertilisation and Embryology

    Reproducing Regulation

    Edited by Kirsty Horsey, Hazel Biggs

    Series: Biomedical Law and Ethics Library

    Relevant to students, academics and practitioners across the globe, this original volume highlights contemporary issues associated with assisted reproduction and embryology and critically analyzes the law surrounding human reproduction in the light of case law and technological developments since...

    Published December 13th 2006 by Routledge-Cavendish