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Law's faith in medicine

Harrington, John ORCID: 2008. Law's faith in medicine. Medical Law International 9 (4) , pp. 357-374. 10.1177/096853320800900405

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This paper uses techniques of rhetorical criticism to chart the rise and fall of law's faith in clinical medicine in the period from the foundation of the National Health Service in 1948. In the early decades of the NHS, courts elaborated a series of topics or commonplaces in justifying a generous liability regime for doctors and the concession of extensive clinical discretion. Since the 1980s these topics have declined in persuasiveness. Current medical law rhetoric draws from and contributes to the prevalent culture of consumerism and accountability.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Law
Subjects: K Law > K Law (General)
Publisher: SAGE Publications
ISSN: 0968-5332
Last Modified: 28 Oct 2022 10:30

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