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Michael Freeman

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780199545520

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199545520.001.0001

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The Age of Deference—A Historical Anomaly

The Age of Deference—A Historical Anomaly

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(p.464) 25 The Age of Deference—A Historical Anomaly
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Law and Bioethics
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Margaret Brazier

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso:acprof/9780199545520.003.0025

This chapter considers the relevance of studying the history of medical law. The history of medical law has been little explored, at least by legal scholars. It is argued that even a brief excursion into past centuries demonstrates that many of the fundamental questions of medical law and ethics today have an ancient lineage. By treating too many developments as wholly ‘new’, we fail to learn from the past.

Keywords:   medical law, physicians, medical profession

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