Tag: Medicine

History of Medicine – What kind of social, intellectual, and technological developments allowed surgeons to venture routinely into the abdomen in the nineteenth century?

Introduction Surgeons before the 19th Century had very little technological and intellectual knowledge compared to their counterparts at the end of the century. Surgery had to be done quickly and therefore only basic surgeries on broken bones and small growths could be done. Surgeons had to look after their reputation meaning that they would often …

A right to [medical] treatment ‘on demand’ is unlikely to emerge. What we may see develop in the next few years is a legal right to an equitable process of decision – making about NHS treatment.’ Brazier, M. and Cave, E. [2007] Medicine, Patients and the Law, 4th ed., London, Penguin Books. Utilising appropriate authority, critically discuss the validity of this statement

Introduction Decision-making about hospital treatment has been undergoing a slow revolution from the old perspective of the doctor knowing best[1] and carrying out treatment without any consultation of the patient to today’s environment which is evolving towards a shared model of decision making as exemplified by the Coalition Government’s White Paper Equity and Excellence: Liberating …