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The Criminal Justice System and Health Care$
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Charles A. Erin and Suzanne Ost

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780199228294

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199228294.001.0001

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An Ill-Suited and Inappropriate Union? Exploring the Relationship Between the Criminal Justice System and Health Care

An Ill-Suited and Inappropriate Union? Exploring the Relationship Between the Criminal Justice System and Health Care

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(p.1) 1 An Ill-Suited and Inappropriate Union? Exploring the Relationship Between the Criminal Justice System and Health Care
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The Criminal Justice System and Health Care
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Suzanne Ost

Charles A. Erin

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199228294.003.0001

This chapter addresses the wider picture of law's increased intervention in health care, before focusing upon the greater involvement of the criminal law in the medical arena and placing the criminalization of medical practice within a wider social and cultural context. The trend to prosecute in the medical arena is pervasive, and has undoubtedly had a major impact upon medical professionals and patients. It is argued that there is little evidence to suggest that this has been a reflective, carefully measured development. The chapter also teases out the themes that are explored in the essays contained in the work, and offers readers an account of the main arguments raised.

Keywords:   criminalization, criminal law, health care practice, medical malpractice, criminal justice system

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