Authored by: Vasiliki Rahimzadeh , Yann Joly , Bartha Maria Knoppers

Routledge Handbook of Medical Law and Ethics

Print publication date:  August  2014
Online publication date:  September  2014

Print ISBN: 9780415628181
eBook ISBN: 9780203796184
Adobe ISBN: 9781134448654


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The domains of medical law and ethics are distinct, yet inextricably connected. Whereas the law delimits the scope of activities permitted in a liberal society, ethics forms the basis whereby these activities subscribe to the values and moral principles society constructs. Social norms find their expression in ethics and often subsequently in the law (Posner 2000). Understanding the ways in which both shape the structure and function of the medical enterprise is the cornerstone of good professional practice, not to mention central to the humanitarian care of patients.

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