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The Age of Deference—A Historical Anomaly

Margaret Brazier

in Law and Bioethics

Published in print October 2008 | ISBN: 9780199545520
Published online January 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780191721113 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oso:acprof/9780199545520.003.0025

Series: Current Legal Issues

The Age of Deference—A Historical Anomaly

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This chapter considers the relevance of studying the history of medical law. The history of medical law has been little explored, at least by legal scholars. It is argued that even a brief excursion into past centuries demonstrates that many of the fundamental questions of medical law and ethics today have an ancient lineage. By treating too many developments as wholly ‘new’, we fail to learn from the past.

Keywords: medical law; physicians; medical profession

Chapter.  5713 words. 

Subjects: Medical and Healthcare Law

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