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Everyday Medical Ethics and Law [Kindle Edition]

BMA Medical Ethics Department
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“Despite being written for doctors, this is a useful reference for all healthcare professionals and students on the everyday legal issues they may face in their work.”  ( Nursing Management , 21 August 2013)

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Everyday Medical Ethics and Law is based on the core chapters of Medical Ethics Today, focussing on the practical issues and dilemmas common to all doctors. It includes chapters on the law and professional guidance relating to consent, treating people who lack capacity, treating children and young people, confidentiality and health records. The title is UK-wide, covering the law and guidance in each of the four nations. 

Each chapter has a uniform structure which makes it ideal for use in learning and teaching. "10 Things You Need to Know About..." introduces the key points of the topic, Setting the Scene explains where the issues occur in real life and why doctors need to understand them, and then key definitions are followed by explanations of different scenarios. The book uses real cases to illustrate points and summary boxes to highlight key issues throughout.


Whilst maintaining its rigorous attention to detail, Everyday Medical Ethics and Law is an easy read reference book for busy, practising doctors.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 700 KB
  • Print Length: 323 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 111838489X
  • Publisher: BMJ Books; 1 edition (25 Mar 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00C2WKGCG
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent treatment of ethical matters 2 Jun 2014
By Mr. A. C. Thorne VINE VOICE
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I obtained this book as part of a need to gain a good general insight to various differing views of Ethical practice and of course chose it because of the medical viewpoint adopted. Medicine is an area that is constantly under scrutiny for the efficacy and ehtical consistencly of its practices and the actions of its practitioners and so I deemed reading in this area to be essential. Whilst not a specialist in medicine I found the book to be written in a manner that made it eminently readable and intelligible. Contemporary matters such as the notion of consent to treatment of minors and the ways in which it is modified by such instruments as Gillick competence are covered simply and effectively and the reader is left in no doubt about what it means by the end of the books treatment of the issue.
For medical practiitoners, most of whom are renowned for having too much to handle at any one time, this guide should I think offer some easily assimilated material that should help lower anxiety levels in relation to matters of medical ethics, offering insight to issues that must be understood in a way that will not be overburdensome.
I would recommend this book to anyone with an interest in the area under discussion.
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By Jayne VINE VOICE
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The book was somewhat light on my are of special interest, namely how doctors interact with patients experiencing mental health problems. My experience is that doctors have a poor understanding of the rights of people experiencing mental distress, with a "doctor knows best" paternalism pervading. In my opinion, this book doesn't do enough to emphasise the human rights of people experiencing mental distress nor to distinguish mental illness from mental capacity (they are in no way interchangeable). Other than that, on other topics, the coverage was comprehensive.
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By M. Thornton VINE VOICE
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This book has been written by the British Medical Association based on their experiences of the common ethical and legal issues faced by doctors. It starts with a brief revision of basic ethical concepts and terminology but the emphasis of the book is on the practical application of ethics and law in the day-to-day situations encountered by doctors and other healthcare professionals.

The book covers seven main areas: the doctor-patient relationship, consent and capacity, treating adults who lack capacity, treating children and young people, patient confidentiality, management of health records and prescribing medication. Case studies are included throughout the book based on a mix of well known legal cases and on the BMA's own experiences of supporting doctors in difficulty. It includes recent issues such as the Baby P. case, locum work and the management of confidential computer data and there is a wealth of useful information and advice for doctors even on such simple matters as "can I leave a message on a patient's answerphone when calling about appointments or test results?".

If you are looking for a theoretical textbook on medical ethics then this is probably not the best choice but for healthcare professionals and doctors in particular it is essential reading. The emphasis on practical advice makes it both relevant and readable and it will help you to be much more aware of ethical issues in day-to-day practice and how best to approach them. Highly recommended.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good introductory text 17 July 2014
By NRCM
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This is a good book, providing an introduction to many areas of the ever expanding area of medical ethics. It is useful and practical with references to up to date research and ideas. It doesn't cover any particular area in great depth. It is more an introductory text to the different areas, expecting the reader to go on and further their knowledge through other texts. But it does a really good job of raising a basic awareness and interest different areas.

Would recommend.
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