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Bioethics, Medicine and the Criminal Law

Volume 3. Medicine and Bioethics in the Theatre of the Criminal Process

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  • Date Published: April 2013
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  • isbn: 9781107330931

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About the Authors
  • To date, little analysis exists of the criminal process's roles as a regulator of medical practice and as an arbiter of bioethics, nor whether criminal law is an appropriate forum for judging ethical medical dilemmas. The conscription of criminal law into moral controversy and the (perceived) rise in criminal investigations of medical errors sets the backdrop for this innovative historical and theoretical analysis of the relationship between medicine, bioethics and the criminal process. Case studies on abortion, end of life and the separation of conjoined twins reveal how judges grapple with bioethics in criminal cases and the impact of 'theatre' on the criminal law's response to ethically controversial medical cases. A central argument is that bioethics and criminal law are not necessarily incompatible; rather, it is the theatre surrounding interactions between bioethics and criminal law that often distorts and creates tension.

    • Focuses on a matter of growing contemporary significance that until now has not been considered in such detail
    • Analysis of the subjects is enriched by the exploration of the connections and tensions between the fields of medicine, bioethics and criminal process
    • Suggests ways to deal with the problems raised by the criminal process's regulation of medical practice and response to bioethical medical controversy
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    • Date Published: April 2013
    • format: Adobe eBook Reader
    • isbn: 9781107330931
    • availability: This ISBN is for an eBook version which is distributed on our behalf by a third party.
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction: beginning the story
    1. Courtrooms, 'physic' and drama
    2. Crime, doctors and the body (politic)
    3. From the 'theatre' to the dock via the mortuary
    4. Protecting life before birth
    5. Medical (and non-medical) ending of life
    6. Which twin lives?
    7. Drawing connections: morality, (political) liberalism, responsibility and the theatre of interpretation
    8. Parallels and disconnects: bioethical principles, principles of criminalisation and the rule of law
    Concluding thoughts: a story part told?

  • Authors

    Margaret Brazier, University of Manchester
    Margaret Brazier is a Professor of Law at the University of Manchester.

    Suzanne Ost, Lancaster University
    Suzanne Ost is a Professor of Law at Lancaster University.

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