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Medicine and the Law$
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K. Kannan

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780198082880

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198082880.001.0001

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Joining the Loose Ends

Joining the Loose Ends

(p.560) 13 Joining the Loose Ends
Medicine and the Law

K. Kannan

Oxford University Press

The concluding chapter joins the loose ends to present a comprehensive world view of the field of medicine and law. Problems of medical education and reservation, it is concluded, are compounded by poor resource allocation by the State and narrow political considerations. The Indian experience of allowing private initiatives to establish colleges has given place to commercialization of education and dilution of standards. Problems of illiteracy have made irrelevant the concept of informed consent, a key expression to register patient autonomy and professional responsibility. Beyond curing illness, medicine is an important business. Technological advancements in reproductive medicine and medical research for manufacture of new drugs offer immense possibilities of better health management, but here again, illiteracy, indigency and cultural practices among patients dictate modest policy considerations by the State and a more efficient justice delivery system, both of which are still dreams, yet attainable.

Keywords:   conclusion, resource allocations, technological advancements, healthcare, state initiatives, medicine and law

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