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Human Rights and Healthcare

By: Elizabeth Wicks
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Published: 27-07-2007
Format: Paperback
Edition: 1st
Extent: 314
ISBN: 9781841135809
Imprint: Hart Publishing
Dimensions: 234 x 156 mm
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About Human Rights and Healthcare

Human Rights and Healthcare looks at medical law from a human rights perspective. Almost all issues traditionally taught under a "medical law" label have significant human rights issues inherent within them. This book is unique in bringing those human rights implications to the fore. The rights at issue include established fundamental rights such as the right to life; the right to respect for a private life; and the right to physical integrity, as well as more controversial "rights" such as a "right to reproduce" and a "right to die". The human rights perspective of this book enables new light to be cast upon familiar medico-legal cases and issues. As such the book provides a genuine merging of human rights law and medical law and will be of value to all students and academics studying medical law, as well as to those interested in the broader issues raised by the growing human rights culture within the UK and worldwide.

Table Of Contents

1 Introduction: Human Rights in Healthcare
2 A Right to Treatment? The Allocation of Resources in the National Health Service
3 Ensuring Quality Healthcare: An Issue of Rights or Duties?
4 Autonomy and Consent to Medical Treatment
5 Treating Incompetent Patients: Beneficence, Welfare and Rights
6 Medical Confidentiality And The Right To Privacy
7 Property Rights in the Body
8 Medically Assisted Conception and a Right to Reproduce?
9 Termination of Pregnancy: A Conflict of Rights
10 Pregnancy and Freedom of Choice
11 The Right to Life at the End of Life
12 The Law and Ethics of Assisted Dying: Is There a Right to Die?


“...broad-ranging and carefully written...those familiar with healthcare and bioethics issues within the United States or elsewhere will find it an extremely useful comparative resource.” –  Barbara A. Noah, Law and Politics Book Review, Vol. 18 No.5

“...the book makes a good - and in many ways an excellent - course companion.What is attractive about it is Wicks' clear and accessible writing style, her careful structuring of arguments and her interesting - but never overwhelming - selections of further reading. It gives students a sound basis from which to explore the subject further and reach out beyond the legal debates to more traditional ethical writings. For these reasons, Human Rights and Healthcare deserves to acquire a firm place in medical law teaching.” –  Antje du Bois-Pedain, Human Rights Law Review, Vol 9, No 1

“The style of the discussion is excellent and a pleasure to read; well-written, fluent and easily digestible. Complex matters are summarized succinctly, along with extracts from the leading commentaries and judgments, together with references to a broad range of materials. Wicks' willingness to question illuminates the ethical and practical difficulties the subject provokes.” –  Christopher Newdick, European Public Law, 14:3

“...especially valuable to those students, teachers and practitioners who seek to comprehend a number of the central topics in English medical jurisprudence through the prism of human rights not only provides a fresh perspective on topics which sit at the centre of the medical law syllabus, but also offers an accessible entry point for those operating within other sub-disciplines-notably public law-who wish to develop a better understanding of fundamental medico-legal questions and the ethical debates which underpin them...The great strength of this text undoubtedly lies in its careful and comprehensive discussion of the often complex case law, with comparative illustrations offered where appropriate and revealing...Dr Wicks has produced a thoughtful, closely argued and highly readable exploration of an interface between two domains of law which seems certain to remain of profound
significance both in the courtroom and the classroom in future years.
” –  Keith Syrett, Public Law

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