Law and healing

A history of a stormy marriage

By Margaret Brazier

Law and healing
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  • ISBN: 9781526129185
  • Publish Date: Feb 2023
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
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  • ISBN: 9781526129208
  • Publish Date: Mar 2023
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    This book delves into medico-legal history, travelling back in time to explore English law's fascinating and often acrimonious relationship with healing and healers.

    Challenging assumptions that medical law is a recent development, Law and healing traces the regulation of healers from the Church's dominance to legal battles fought among medical practitioners. As well as considering the history of the regulation of healers, this book addresses moral issues such as abortion, bodily sovereignty, and the use of cadavers in research. It highlights how fundamental legal and ethical questions continue to resurface, for example, from controversy in the Renaissance over human dissection to modern-day debates about organ donation.

    Law and healing provides a colourful but critical account of the longstanding - and often fraught - relationship between two fundamental pillars of human society.



    1 Medico-legal history: why bother?
    2 Medical brethren
    3 'Unruly brethren': regulation and reputation
    4 The bumpy road to the General Medical Council
    5 Medical litigation
    6 Human life, common law and Christianity
    7 Your living body: 'temple of the soul'
    8 Reproductive bodies: mothers, midwives and morals
    9 The not (yet) born child
    10 Honouring the dead: commodifying the corpse



    Margaret Brazier is Professor Emerita in Law at the University of Manchester

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