The Law-Medicine Relation: A Philosophical Exploration

Proceedings of the Eighth Trans-Disciplinary Symposium on Philosophy and Medicine Held at Farmington, Connecticut, November 9–11, 1978

  • Stuart F. Spicker
  • Joseph M. HealeyJr.
  • H. Tristram EngelhardtJr.

Part of the Philosophy and Medicine book series (PHME, volume 9)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxx
  2. The Physicians and Researcher’s Mandate from Society: Biomedical, Legal, and Ethical Considerations

  3. Causation and Responsibility: Science, Medicine and the Law

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 93-93
    2. H. Tristram Engelhardt Jr.
      Pages 123-127
  4. The Psychiatrist’s Dilemma: Duty to Patient or Duty to Society?

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 137-137
    2. Charles M. Culver, Bernard Gert
      Pages 159-175
  5. Decision Making at the Beginning of Life: Medicine, Ethics and the Law

  6. Round Table Discussion — Legal Rights and Moral Responsibilities in the Health Care Process

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 253-253
    2. Lisa H. Newton
      Pages 259-264
    3. Joseph M. Healey Jr.
      Pages 285-286
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 287-293

About this book


This volume is a contribution to the continuing interaction between law and medicine. Problems arising from this interaction have been addressed, in part, by previous volumes in this series. In fact, one such problem constitutes the central focus of Volume 5, Mental Illness: Law and Public Policy [1]. The present volume joins other volumes in this series in offering an exploration and critical analysis of concepts and values underlying health care. In this volume, however, we look as well at some of the general questions occasioned by the law's relation with medicine. We do so out of a conviction that medi­ cine and the law must be understood as the human creations they are, reflect­ ing important, wide-ranging, but often unaddressed aspects of the nature of the human condition. It is only by such philosophical analysis of the nature of the conceptual foundations of the health care professions and of the legal profession that we will be able to judge whether these professions do indeed serve our best interests. Such philosophical explorations are required for the public policy decisions that will be pressed upon us through the increasing complexity of health care and of the law's response to new and changing circumstances. As a consequence, this volume attends as much to issues in public policy as in the law. The law is, after all, the creature of human deci­ sions concerning prudent public policy and basic human rights and goods.


Ethics of medicine ethics health human rights morality

Editors and affiliations

  • Stuart F. Spicker
    • 1
  • Joseph M. HealeyJr.
    • 1
  • H. Tristram EngelhardtJr.
    • 2
  1. 1.School of MedicineUniversity of Connecticut Health CenterFarmingtonUSA
  2. 2.Kennedy Institute of EthicsGeorgetown UniversityUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1981
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-94-009-8409-7
  • Online ISBN 978-94-009-8407-3
  • Series Print ISSN 0376-7418
  • Buy this book on publisher's site