Law and Medicine
B619 is taught by J. Madeira
This course addresses controversial issues arising from the interface and relationship between law and medicine, focusing in particular upon the nature of illness, legal dimensions of the doctor-patient treatment relationship, informed consent, experimental health care, access to health care, compelled surgery and testing, reproductive rights, death and dying, organ transplantation, and a few public health law topics such as quarantines and vaccinations. Class discussions will be devoted to the legal, ethical and social implications of these issues and how the law can be of constructive use in clarifying debates and solving challenges. Grading will be based on performance on a take-home exam.