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The Criminal Justice System and Health Care

Charles A. Erin and Suzanne Ost


This book analyses how the criminal justice system regulates health care practice, and to what extent it can and should be used as a tool to resolve ethical conflict in health care. For most of the 20th century, the criminal courts were engaged in matters relating to medicine principally as a forum to resolve ethical controversies over the sanctity of life. However, the judiciary approached this function with reluctance, and a marked tendency to defer to the medical profession to define what constituted ethical, and thus lawful conduct. Over the past 25 years, the criminal law has increasingly ... More

Keywords: medical malpractice, medical accountability, health care, ethics, criminal law, criminalization, criminal justice system, medical manslaughter, euthanasia

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Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780199228294
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2009 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199228294.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Charles A. Erin, editor
Senior Lecturer in Applied Philosophy, School of Law, University of Manchester

Suzanne Ost, editor
Senior Lecturer in Law, Law School, Lancaster University

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