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Law and BioethicsCurrent Legal Issues Volume 11$
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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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Law and Bioethics: A Rights-Based Relationship and Its Troubling Implications

Law and Bioethics: A Rights-Based Relationship and Its Troubling Implications

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Law and Bioethics
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Daniel Sperling

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199545520.003.0004

This chapter explores the relationship between law and bioethics and calls for a careful evaluation of the law's contributions to bioethics. It argues that while the law contributed extensively to the development of bioethics, it introduced a language and a way of thinking that are not necessarily appropriate to handle and resolve bioethical issues, and which, in a significant portion of cases, was irrelevant and had little impact on decision-making and behavioural patterns of patients.

Keywords:   law, bioethics, medical ethics, rights

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