Medical law is a relatively new area of law. It draws on, and overlaps with, many other areas of law such as tort, family law, human rights and criminal law. Apart from this hybrid legal basis it is also informed by bioethical theory. This book draws those elements together to form a comprehensible and succinct overview. The cases - and other relevant material - will be linked by short notes that help to explain and clarify their legal relevance. A brief introduction to the ethical principles that govern the provision of healthcare provides a framework for considering the issues that arise in the cases. Following this, relevant cases and important judicial dicta will illustrate the legal rules and principles of each key area of healthcare law. Some relevant statutory material will be included as will appropriate extracts from professional bodies' codes of practice. The book provides a rapid and easy access to the important cases within the area of healthcare law. It provides law students with a valuable adjunct to more substantial texts, as well as being an essential revision tool. It will also be useful to students and practitioners of other disciplines for whom medical law is important. Doctors, nurses, other healthcare workers and bioethicists will all find the book a ready source of relevant case law.