Legal and Ethical Aspects of Anaesthesia, Critical Care and Perioperative Medicine

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Legal and Ethical Aspects of Anaesthesia, Critical Care and Perioperative Medicine Stuart White and Timothy Baldwin. Cambridge, UK; New York, NY; Melbourne, Australia; Madrid, Spain; and Cape Town, South Africa: Cambridge University Press, 2004. ISBN 1-841-10209-1; 216 PAGES, PAPERBACK, $43.00

The rise of bioethics as a discipline has led to the recognition that there is a deficiency of ethics education during medical training. This has prompted the General Medical Council to the acknowledge importance of teaching medical ethics and law to medical students in the UK. A consensus statement by those that teach ethics and law in medical schools in the UK proposed a number of objectives and set forth a core curriculum for medical education. It is this core curriculum that forms the basis of Ethical and Legal Aspects of Anaesthesia, Critical Care and Perioperative Medicine by Stuart White and Timothy Baldwin.

The first three chapters introduce the reader to the core curriculum and set the basis of the discussion by outlining the legal system in the UK and briefly outlining the ethical theory and principles in the context of medical ethics. The chapters that follow cover the various aspects of the core curriculum as the authors delve into such topics as human rights, consent, negligence, confidentiality, abortion, products liability, research, death, organ donation, professional regulation, and resource allocation.

Each curriculum chapter begins with a brief discussion of the ethical issue of the topic in question by outlining some of the differing positions taken by competing theories such as deontology and utilitarianism and puts them in the context of ethical principles. …