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L Schwartz, P E Preece, and R A Hendry. W B Saunders, 2002, £15.99 (pbk), pp 228. ISBN 0 702 02543 7
Teaching medical ethics and law to medical students has been a requirement for all medical schools in the United Kingdom since the General Medical Council’s Tomorrow’s Doctors guidance on medical curricular reform of 1992. All United Kingdom medical schools now have at least some medical ethics and law in their curricula and most have a person appointed primarily to be responsible for this teaching. Since the publication in the Journal of Medical Ethics in 1998, volume 24, pages188–192, of a consensus statement on a core curriculum in medical ethics and law for medical students, most medical schools have gradually come to conform to this as the benchmark for the content of such teaching. There remains, however, a great diversity in the approaches taken to ensuring that learning this content takes place. A wide range of strategies have …