Lawyers' Medicine: The Legislature, the Courts and Medical Practice, 1760-2000

Lawyers' Medicine: The Legislature, the Courts and Medical Practice, 1760-2000

By: Imogen Goold (editor), Catherine Kelly (editor), Goold Goold (contributor), Joel Peter Eigen (contributor), Duncan Wilson (contributor), James Hanley (contributor), Gayle Davis (contributor), Watson Watson (contributor), Angus Ferguson (contributor), Roger Davidson (contributor)Paperback

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This book investigates how the the requirements, limitations and intellectual structure of the British legal process have shaped medicine and medical practice. The story of this inter-relationship is greatly under-researched, which is particularly concerning given that the legal system remains a significant and pervasive influence on medicine and its practice to this day. The question which unifies the series of historical studies presented here is whether legal consideration of medical practice and concepts has played a part in the construction of medical concepts and affected developments in medical practice - in other words how the external, legal gaze has shaped the way medicine itself conceptualises some of its practices and classifications. The majority of the chapters consider this question in the context of the development and application of legislation, but the influence of court processes is also considered. Other themes which emerge from the book include the nature and exclusivity of medical expertise, the impact of public opinion on the development of medical legislation, and the difficulty the legal system has faced in dealing with new medical developments. The chapters are arranged chronologically, with an introduction drawing out themes that emerge from the chapters as a whole.

About Author

Imogen Goold is Fellow in Law at St Anne's College, University of Oxford. Catherine Kelly is a Research Officer at the Wellcome Unit for the History of Medicine, University of Oxford..


1. Introduction: Lawyers' Medicine: The Interaction of the Medical Profession and the Law, 1760-2000 Catherine Kelly and Imogen Goold 2. Parliamentary Inquiries and the Construction of Medical Argument in the Early 19th Century, 1793-1825 Catherine Kelly 3. Bye Laws, the Environment, and Health before Chadwick, 1835-1840 James Hanley 4. Is a Burn a Wound? Vitriol-Throwing in Medico-Legal Context, 1800-1900 Katherine D Watson 5. Not Their Fathers' Sons: The Changing Trajectory in Psychiatric Testimony, 1760-1900 Joel Peter Eigen 6. Speaking Out about Staying Silent: An Historical Examination of Medico-legal Debates over the Boundaries of Medical Confidentiality Angus H Ferguson 7. Law, Medicine and the Treatment of Homosexual Offenders in Scotland, 1950-1980 Roger Davidson 8. The Medical Community and Abortion Law Reform: Scotland in National Context, c 1960-1980 Gayle Davis 9. Regulating Reproduction in the United Kingdom: Doctors' Voices, 1978-1985 Imogen Goold 10. Nobody's Thing? Human Tissue in Science, Ethics and the Law during the late 20th Century Duncan Wilson

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9781841138497
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 230
  • ID: 9781841138497
  • weight: 390
  • ISBN10: 1841138495

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