oa South African Journal of Bioethics and Law - Medical Ethics Today. The BMA's Handbook of Ethics and Law, British Medical Association, Ethics Department : book review

Volume 9, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1999-7639



With rapid advances in science and technology modern healthcare gives rise to complex multidimensional dilemmas that the physician is not fully equipped to handle. Furthermore, in many countries, physician autonomy has been restrained by governments and other authorities enforcing controls on medical practitioners, adding to the many issues they are confronted with. Physicians are challenged with questions on behavior and decision-making as frequently as scientific and technical ones on an almost daily basis in current medical practice. It is therefore not surprising that the BMA's Handbook of Ethics and Law goes beyond a simple guidebook or manual and is a voluminous comprehensive sourcebook of around 1 000 pages covering almost every eventuality that physicians could face in the practice of healthcare.

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