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Transforming wrong(s) into right(s): The power of ‘proper medical treatment’
In partnership with the University of Manchester
Chancellors Hotel and Conference Centre, Chancellors Way, Mosley Road, Fallowfield, Manchester M14 6ZT
Thursday 12 September 2013
In this one day seminar, funded by the Wellcome Trust, we seek to explore the notion of something being ‘proper medical treatment’; the medical exception discussed in R v Brown, R v Bland and by the Law Commission in 1994. What renders an activity legitimate when otherwise it would not be? Ignoring the ethics surrounding any particular treatment, what is it about (and why is it that) X but not Y is regarded as proper medical treatment? Are there (and what are the) inherent differences between X and Y which result in this different (formal or informal) categorisation? Do the ethical issues raised by X account for the different categorisation, or are other factors relevant? For example, if a doctor carries out X does this automatically make it proper medical treatment? What role does patient demand have in this regard; are doctors merely to serve the public and their wants and desires, but what then of professional autonomy and clinical judgement? Are the motivations for performing X relevant? Do some medical treatments become accepted as proper through custom and practice and because some doctors feel that they have to do it rather than it being a matter of clinical judgement, a choice?
If you would like to attend this seminar please contact Eileen Jones.
Standard rate - £50; PG rate - £20 (10 places).
The draft programme and more information about the seminar can be found here.
IDEFICS and I.Family
Garrath Williams is the Principal Investigator at Lancaster for two large-scale (c. €10m) EU projects, IDEFICS (FP6, 2006-12) and I.Family (FP7, 2012-17). The first project studied the effect of a community-level intervention on a cohort of 16,000 children in eight European countries, with Lancaster being responsible for ethical elements and policy implications. The second project will track this cohort of children into adolescence, with the aim of better understanding how dietary choices are made and can be improved.
Dr Laura Machin
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