Now also available aseBookDerived from the renowned multi-volume International Encyclopaedia of Laws,this convenient volume provides comprehensive analysis of the law affectingthe physician-patient relationship in South Africa. Cuttingacross the traditional compartments with which lawyers are familiar, medicallaw is concerned with issues arising from this relationship, and not with themany wider juridical relations involved in the broader field of health carelaw. After a general introduction, the book systematically describes lawrelated to the medical profession, proceeding from training, licensing, andother aspects of access to the profession, through disciplinary andprofessional liability and medical ethics considerations and qualityassurance, to such aspects of the physician-patient relationship as rights andduties of physicians and patients, consent, privacy, and access to medicalrecords. Also covered are specific issues such as organ transplants, humanmedical research, abortion, and euthanasia, as well as matters dealing withthe physician in relation to other health care providers, health careinsurance, and the health care system. Succinct and practical, this book willprove to be of great value to professional organizations of physicians,nurses, hospitals, and relevant government agencies. Lawyers representingparties with interests in South Africa will welcome this veryuseful guide, and academics and researchers will appreciate its comparativevalue as a contribution to the study of medical law in the internationalcontext.
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