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Bioethics, medical law and human rights in healthcare

The recent pandemic presented us with new public health and ethics challenges at a global scale – health inequity and social justice, in particular. It also triggered renewed interest in digital technologies, artificial intelligence and climate change. The third edition of Bioethics, medical law, and human rights engages with these new challenges and provides an update on existing challenges in the health sciences.

Healthcare delivery in the 21st century has become increasingly complex and demanding. Clinical consultations frequently raise scientific, ethical and legal challenges. While scientific issues may be resolved using an evidence-based medicine approach, ethical theory is needed to justify decision-making in the face of ethical conflict. Bioethics, medical law and human rights: a South African perspective provides the conceptual background and analytic skills necessary to assist with the resolution of ethical dilemmas encountered in the South African healthcare environment.

Using contextualised case studies, this new edition attempts to help the healthcare team to identify and analyse ethical, moral and value concepts, and to apply these concepts to scenarios that they may encounter daily.

Contents include the following:

Part one explores theories and principles of ethics (including African philosophy), introduces medical law, discusses health and human rights, and makes the transition from theory to practice.

Part two looks at specific topics in healthcare that raise challenges from an ethics perspective – HIV/AIDS, organ transplantation, mental healthcare, euthanasia, human reproduction, genetics and considerations for working with children.

Part three considers important contemporary issues such as emerging biotechnologies including genomics and ethical complexity, big data and artificial intelligence, pandemic ethics and climate change.

Bioethics, medical law, and human rights is aimed at health science, law, and philosophy students as well as practicing healthcare professionals.




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