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Laws and The Doctors

Laws and The Doctors

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Medical Doctors work hard all through a life of struggle to qualify and cherish a position enabling them fit for service in health sector and acquire expertise to learn the art of healing. In terms of innate mental abilities, they come with higher grades than average to enter the profession. They acquire a new identity with a prefix of doctor to their name and the society expects the best from them often forgetting that they are like other humans and not infallible. The book is written by a medical doctor for doctors but in no way antagonizing the legal profession and with a special inclusiveness and understanding for the need to bring doctors under a strict vigil of the prevailing laws. Nevertheless not only a special place of consideration must be given for genuine mistakes but also because of the sensitive nature of their work, they must not be under a commercial scrutiny. The clear message to medical fraternity that stands out as the spine in the storyline of this monograph is to adopt three rule modus operandi in all their transactions with patients attention to detail, self-discipline avoiding adventurism and thirdly unhindered practice of asking advice or opinion for help with the problem at hand from anyone connected with the profession as soon as even an iota of doubt arises in their mind. Law firms offer advertise their services extensively to get compensation for people who have suffered injuries from whichever source they make a direct tempting offer of 'no win no fees' basis or charge a percentage of the compensation received. This practice has multiplied enormously a litigious culture in society.
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Contents
Chapter 1:    Ethics, Religion and Morals
Chapter 2:    Positivism and the Separation of Law, morals, Ethics and Religion
Chapter 3:    Laws
Chapter 4:    Consent
Chapter 5:    Competing Laws
Chapter 6:    maternity Rooms and Assisted Reproduction
Chapter 7:    Family Planning and sterilisation
Chapter 8:    Paediatric Predicaments
Chapter 9:    Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide
Chapter 10:    Challenges Facing psychiatric Practice
Chapter 11:    Assisted Reproduction
Chapter 12:    Medical Negligence
Chapter 13:    Compensation
Chapter 14:    The Realm of Crime
Chapter 15:    malpractice and Consumer Protection Law
Chapter 16:    Defence and Limitations
Chapter 17:    Supreme Court of India and Medical Negligence
Chapter 18:    Pleading in the Courts
Chapter 19:    Human Rights and Medical Law
Chapter 20:    Research and Ethics
Chapter 21:    Organ and Tissue Transplantation
Chapter 22:    Last Words of Caution
Chapter 23:    Illustrative Case Laws in Consumer Courts
Chapter 24:    Declaration of Helsinki
Chapter 25:    The Nuremberg Code
Chapter 26:    Ethics and Research
Chapter 27:    The Mental Health Act, 1987
Chapter 28:    The Indian Medical Council Act, 1956
Chapter 29:    The Indian Contract Act, 1872
chapter 30:    The Consumer Protection Act, 1986
Appendices
1. Charaka's Oath
2. Hippocratic Oath
3. Declaration of Geneva 1948
4. Causes of Sudden Natural Death
5. The Fatal Accidents Act, 1855
6. Permissible Statutes
7. Indian Penal Code, 1860 [Extracts]
Index
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Author Details
Dr  Abdul  Majid  Siraj
, graduated from Patna Medical College and worked in Medical college Srinagar in general surgery. He obtained FRCS and MRCS from Royal College of Surgeons in London and Scotland. All through the tenure of his service in UK and Middle East his work involved the discipline of general surgery and trauma. He retired as a consultant in England. All through this period he came across cases of allegations against doctors and hospitals for deficiency in service and negligence leading up to claims for compensation. In England a high level of the standard of care was demanded by patients, therefore there were inevitable deficiencies reported. This was firsthand experience that became the moral fibre of research in the subject of relationship between medical profession and Law. Dr Siraj dedicated his time and effort in the passionate search for answers to challenges health sector faces in India. His research extended to the existing working set up in hospitals and rural healthcare system. It was the objective of surfacing areas of deficiency and scope for streamlining work ethos among doctors that runs through the book. A special emphasis has been remarkable on inculcating awareness to nurture a healthier population in the face of rapidly increasing surge of health problems. The statistics at hand give alarming estimates of resources that will be required in the coming years to cope with treatment of disease and complications in untreated patients.
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