“This volume traces new territory by specifically examining twin interactions: the way doctors contributed to the development of law and policy and the way law and policy contributed to the practice of medicine … the quite fascinating conclusion is that as both evolved one affected the other in politically and professionally significant ways.
The substantive chapters … are noteworthy for their breadth of medical and political practice. Medical education, public health and sanitation, disease treatment, criminal prosecution, reproductive regulation, and medical research are all included in case studies, likewise government work from the smallest municipal corporation to the work of parliament itself, as well as a variety of government commissions and regulatory bodies, is all present. Even the judicial work is delightfully expansive…the comprehensive feel of the book is unusual in this field.
In general, the book provides a rich record of policy process and development in the context of decisions affecting or requiring medical practice.” – Rebecca C. Harris,
The Law and Politics Book Review
“Whilst many such publications invite the reader to 'dip in' selectively, this collection manages to present coherent themes that resonate in many of the papers despite their diverse individual topics.
This slim volume is a fascinating collection of papers, each of which reflects well the overall theme of the work. Those interested in the specific issues covered will of no doubt find much to explore... The editors note that the relationship between law and medicine ... in the context of law making is a much under researched topic and should be justly proud that their work presents a collection that breaks much new ground in this area. As such it will be of interest to those working in both the fields of legal and medical history along with socio-legal scholars interested in these interfaces between law and medicine.” – Colm McGrath,
The Cambridge Law Journal, Volume 69, Part 3