UKZN LAW PROFESSOR CO-AUTHORS TWO MEDICAL LAW BOOKS

UKZN LAW PROFESSOR CO-AUTHORS TWO MEDICAL LAW BOOKS

Senior Research Associate and Acting Director of the Centre for Socio-Legal Studies at UKZN, Professor David McQuoid-Mason, has co-authored two medical books this year, both published by Juta & Co. Ltd.

The first book Ethics, Human Rights and Health Law: Principles and Practice, co-authored with Professor Ames Dhai, was published in January. Dhai is the Director of the Steve Biko Centre for Bioethics at the University of the Witwatersrand. McQuoid-Mason is an external examiner for two Master's programmes at the Centre and he teaches and provides practicals for one of its Masters courses. Dhai was McQouid-Masons’s Law and Medical Practice student in early 2000 at the former University of Natal and obtained a distinction for her research paper. 

The book provides healthcare and legal practitioners with the theory and practical application necessary to understand and apply bioethics, human rights and health law to their present and future work. The main challenges practitioners face relate to ethical and human rights aspects of patient confidentiality and informed consent,  particularly regarding children, termination of pregnancy, end of life decisions and HIV/AIDS and the law. Doctors and other health care professionals need guidance regarding ethical issues and the law. The book is designed to give them some principles and practical solutions to assist them in dealing with the issues that they confront in day-to-day practice.

The book was reviewed in the South African Medical Journal where the reviewer stated: 'My recommendation would be that all practitioners hold this excellent book in their personal libraries for easy reference whenever faced, as we all are from time to time, with an ethical dilemma.'

The second book A-Z of Medical Law is co-authored with Dr Mahomed Dada and was published at the end of May. Dada is the former Head of the Department of Forensic Medicine at the Nelson R Mandela School of Medicine. Heauthor email : mavanenei@ukzn.ac.za