This book continues to provide an overview of the inter-relationship between ethical medical practice and the law. Thus, the emphasis is on those aspects of medical practice that are governed, to a large extent, by the moral law. However, medical law, as a whole, is still a developing discipline which is being increasingly shaped by the courts and there is extensive coverage of seminal and recent judicial decisions, with particular attention being given to those which define the limits of professional freedom in the light of the increasing importance attached to personal autonomy. The book incorporates a strong element of comparative medical law, having a particular interest in the shift of influence from other Anglophone jurisdictions to those in Europe. The text is directed in the main to students and practitioners of law, but the overarching importance attached to ethical principles broadens its appeal to all those involved in the control and delivery of modern healthcare.