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Ethical expert reports by CAPSCO

One of the most stressful days for a surgeon is when a letter marked 'Confidential' comes through the letter box. A firm of solicitors or a complaint manager from a regulatory body such as the General Medical Council or the...

Comment from Brian Newman – the ethical dilemma

Plastic Surgeon Brian Newman asks whether aesthetic procedures should go ahead while there is no coronavirus vaccine.

Gross Negligence Manslaughter in Healthcare: The medico-legal dilemma (part 13) – Records of necessary information

Today is the first day of the Chinese New Year. This is the year of the Tiger. I am fine, I am a Dragon. This is going to be an interesting year.

Gross Negligence Manslaughter in Healthcare: The medico-legal dilemma (part 10) – Informed consent (ii)

In the context of medicine, we typically speak of informed consent as having both an ethical and a legal basis. The ethics are related to patient autonomy and human rights. The legal perspective relates to the definition of what occurs if consent is not obtained, and a physical intervention occurs (assault or battery at a minimum and it would appear, gross negligence if things go wrong).

Gross Negligence Manslaughter in Healthcare: The medico-legal dilemma (part 11) – Misinformed assent

I wonder how fast time goes in prison? 2022.This was Vanessa’s first New Year in prison. Dr Mak’s second. Two female doctors, both in their thirties. Dr Mak graduated from the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) and Dr Kwan, Vanessa, from Hong Kong University (HKU). Both are now incarcerated on the basis of myths. It is a disgrace.

Gross Negligence Manslaughter in Healthcare: The medico-legal dilemma (part 26) - Time To Sum Up

It is a little over six months ago that I began these blogs and now I am beginning the stage of summing up.

Further thoughts on hymenoplasty

The interesting and controversial article on hymenoplasty published in the Dec/Jan 16 issue of PMFA News is an example of what can happen when religion and culture clash with modern medicine. In my opinion, medicine and science should be pure...

Hymenoplasty and virginity – an issue of socio-cultural morality and medical ethics

This article reflects the increasing complexity of the modern world, where the rich diversity of culture, morals, the law and religion, can have profound effects on medical practice. Sometimes there is considerable debate which is not in fact appropriate. This...

Acid attacks: part 2

The PMFA Journal Editor Andrew Burd continues with his exploration of the optimum treatment protocol for managing the devastating injuries wrought by acid attacks (see Part 1 here). In part one of this series I outlined the evolution of my...

Gross Negligence Manslaughter in Healthcare: The medico-legal dilemma (part 27) - Time To Sum Up (cont.)

I have made a breakthrough. I have now determined the voice of the book. The target audience will be students of The Law and of Medicine.

Basic principles of bioengineering and regeneration

The ability to create de novo tissue to replace that removed from patients during surgery is a relatively recent advance. However, this is a fast-moving field and one which surgeons must be aware of from practical, ethical and scientific viewpoints....

­Plastic Surgery Volume 1: Principles

This volume thoroughly covers the basic principles of plastic surgery beginning with an overview of key developments as well as the innovative personalities and their contribution to the detailed history of this specialty. Whilst the next few chapters are principally...