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BOOK REVIEW
Year : 2015  |  Volume : 18  |  Issue : 7  |  Page : 77-78

A primer on medical law, bioethics, and human rights for African scholars


1 Department of Medical Microbiology, Nelson R Mandela School of Medicine, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa
2 Programme of Bio and Research Ethics and Medical Law, School of Nursing and Public Health, Nelson R Mandela School of Medicine, College of Health Sciences, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa

Date of Web Publication1-Dec-2015

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S C Chima
Programme of Bio and Research Ethics and Medical Law, School of Nursing and Public Health & Nelson R Mandela School of Medicine, College of Health Sciences, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban
South Africa
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Moeketsi R L, Chima S C. A primer on medical law, bioethics, and human rights for African scholars. Niger J Clin Pract 2015;18, Suppl S1:77-8

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Moeketsi R L, Chima S C. A primer on medical law, bioethics, and human rights for African scholars. Niger J Clin Pract [serial online] 2015 [cited 2020 Aug 8];18, Suppl S1:77-8. Available from: http://www.njcponline.com/text.asp?2015/18/7/77/170834






Author: Sylvester Chidi Chima

Publisher: Chimason Educational Books, 2011

Pages: 442, Soft cover

Price: R350; Naira 6500; 30USD

ISBN: 978.0.620.51172.8

Reviewer: Relebohile Lylian Moeketsi, BSc. (Hons), MMed Sc

Bioethics and medical law are both disciplines that are still in the infancy stages, especially in Africa. As a continent, we are continuously faced with ethical implications in both human and animal research, ethical dilemmas in medicine, and ethical issues relating to human rights. Healthcare professionals and the scientific community are daily faced with a growing number of both legal and ethical issues, which require a basic understanding of prime principles of medical law, bioethics, as well as human rights.

The book with its 21 chapters provides a comprehensive introduction to medical law, bioethics, and human rights, with particular emphasis on Africa. The author is an expert in the field, who has published 2 other books on the topic, and he continues to impart this knowledge as a lecturer to medical students, postgraduate physicians, and other healthcare professionals, both at local and international fora, making the content both current and relevant.

Professor Chima's book is aimed at medical students, allied health professionals, and other individuals who are concerned about issues of ethics, bioethics, and medical law in Africa. It gives detailed chapters on the introduction to medical ethics, medical law, human rights, mental health law and ethics, and research ethics. The book then goes on to cover key concepts such as ethical issues in HIV-AIDS, reproductive medicine and of great interest, informed consent; all written from the point of view of scholars and practitioners in Africa and the developing world.

The book appears to target both beginner and advanced scholars, as it provides a general overview of the entire field of medical law, bioethics and human rights, drawing its strength and distinction from the extensive explanation of key topics at the beginning of each chapter, the African-oriented case studies pertaining to that particular topic illustrating practical ethical and legal dilemmas which occur in practice, and the fully detailed reference pages at the end of each chapter.

The useful web references, detailed table of cases and statutes, and easy writing style make this book ideal for its principal audience and an excellent addition to the bioethics and medical law literature.


   Comments About the Book Top


"Chapters dealing with the issues of HIV/AIDS stood out for me. It is a unique piece of work that I feel every surgeon, physician, and general practitioner should have in their possession".

-Dr. K. Nyamande (Consultant Physician), former Deputy Head of Pulmonary Medicine, Nelson R. Mandela School of Medicine, Durban, South Africa.

"The question and answer - style paragraphs used in certain chapters, are not only useful when studying for tests or exams, but are also the very questions a medical practitioner would ask when faced with an ethical dilemma in practice, or that a patient, their family members, a disciplinary committee, or even a judge may ask when considering if a medical professional's conduct and decisions made leading up thereto, were ethically and legally correct and appropriate under the circumstances".

-Ms Carina Fourie, Legal Practitioner and 3rd year medical student, South Africa.

"I enjoyed the book especially the case histories, which are relevant to the developing world…"

-Consultant Geriatrician and Professor of internal medicine.

About the reviewer: Ms Relebohile Lylian Moeketsi holds a BSc (Hons) and masters (MMed Sc) degree in Medical Microbiology from the University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa.

Availability: "A Primer on Medical Law, Bioethics and Human Rights for African Scholars" is currently available at: www.publisher.co.za; books4naija.com; from Programme of Bio & Research Ethics and Medical Law, UKZN + 27 (0) 31-260-4604 or directly from the author by e-mail: chimasc@hotmail.com.




 

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