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Medical law & ethics: Medical Law & Ethics

UK, EU & international medical law & ethics.
Subjects: Law, Medicine

Consent in England: Max & Keira's Law

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Below are links to take you to other Bodleian libguides which may help you with your studies in this area.


Medical law & ethics: quick start


Medical law and ethics considers the rights of patients and responsibilities of doctors with reference to complex moral debate: being legal does not necessarily make a decision or action ethical. Areas covered include rationing decisions where treatment is not universally available, the ability to consent to or refuse treatment, confidentiality, medical negligence, abortion, fertility treatment, organ donation, death and dying, the detention of the mentally ill and carrying out medical research.

Printed resources

Halsbury's Laws is an authoritative encyclopaedia of law in the England and Wales. The main subject volumes will give you a concise overview of the law, while the footnotes will direct you to the most important cases, legislation and commentary in that area. The print volumes are at KZ1 in the main Reading Room. Use the Cumulative Supplement to check for any new developments in the law since the volume was printed. OU members can access Halsbury's Laws electronically via Lexis®Library.

Law Reserve When you search SOLO for texts you may find - especially if the text is recommended on an undergrad reading list - that the location is shown as "Law Library Reserve Collection." Armed with your University Card/Reader's Card, please ask for these books at the Enquiry desk in the Reading Room and they will be issued to you for use in the Library.


Law reports - try a title search in the LawBod's special search tool.
Legal databases - scroll down the LawBod's list or use the A-Z Databases tool, which will find databases in non-legal databases for which Oxford has a subscription.
E-books - many will appear in SOLO searches. But titles held on big legal subscription databases such as Westlaw UK and LexisLibrary may not. If your interest is or includes the litigation side to medical law (personal injury, occupatioanl illness, damages), then we recommend you log in to each & browse their Books or Commentary to check.
E-journals - search the LawBod's special search tool and (especially if not a law journal) try a title search in e-journals A-Z.

Two examples of Reading List titles which can be asked for at the Enquiry Desk

Two examples of works on English medical law on open shelf on Level 2:

If you are approaching this topic as a medic, rather than a lawyer read the book below:

Looking beyond a single jurisdiction ... Books with shelf marks starting General are also on Level 2:

Subject Guide

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