Crash Course Medical Ethics and Sociology Updated Print + eBook edition,
Edition 2
By Andrew Papanikitas, BSc (Hons) MA MBBS DCH MRCGP DPMSA PhD, Carolyn Johnston, LLB (Hons), LLM, MA ,PhD, Daniel Horton-Szar, BSc(Hons), MBBS(Hons), MRCGP and David Armstrong

Publication Date: 12 Jan 2015

The (printed) ‘Updated Edition’ now comes with added value access to the complete, downloadable eBook version via Student Consult. Search, read and revise whilst on the move and use the interactive self-assessment to test your understanding. Crash Course - a more flexible, practical learning package than ever before.

Crash Course – your effective everyday study companion PLUS the perfect antidote for exam stress! Save time and be assured you have all the core information you need in one place to excel on your course and achieve exam success.

A winning formula now for over 15 years, each volume has been fine-tuned and fully updated, with an improved layout tailored to make your life easier. Especially written by junior doctors – those who understand what is essential for exam success – with all information thoroughly checked and quality assured by expert Faculty Advisers, the result is a series of books which exactly meets your needs and you know you can trust.

The importance of ethics and sociology as applied cannot be underestimated, within both the medical curriculum and everyday modern clinical practice. Medical students and junior doctors cannot hope to experience every dilemma first hand, but are expected to deal with new and problematic clinical situations in a reasoned, professional and systematic way. This volume, which accounts for the revised core curriculum in Medical Ethics and Law, will prove an indispensable companion.

Key Features

    • More than 80 line artworks, tables and boxes present clinical, diagnostic and practical information in an easy-to-follow manner
    • Friendly and accessible approach to the subject makes learning especially easy
    • Written by junior doctors for students - authors who understand exam pressures
    • Contains ‘Hints and Tips’ boxes, and other useful aide-mémoires
    • Succinct coverage of the subject enables ‘sharp focus’ and efficient use of time during exam preparation
    • Contains a fully updated self-assessment section - ideal for honing exam skills and self-testing

New Features

  • Self-assessment section fully updated to reflect current exam requirements
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About the author
By Andrew Papanikitas, BSc (Hons) MA MBBS DCH MRCGP DPMSA PhD, Portfolio GP, Oxford, London and Bucks; Tutor/Facilitator in ethics, interprofessional education, and clinical communication, KCL & Director, WSAL Course in Philosophy and Ethics, London, UK; Carolyn Johnston, LLB (Hons), LLM, MA ,PhD, Adviser in Medical Law and Ethics, King’s College London, School of Medicine, London, UK; Daniel Horton-Szar, BSc(Hons), MBBS(Hons), MRCGP, Northgate Medical Practice, Canterbury, Kent, UK and David Armstrong
Table of Contents


1 Foundations of medical ethics and law.

2 Professionalism and medical ethics.

3 The doctor, the patient and society.

4 Ethics and law at the beginning and end of life.

5 Healthcare commissioning and resource allocation.

6 Introduction to sociology and disease.

7 Experience of health and illness.

8 Organization of health care provision in the UK.

9 Inequalities in health and health care provision.

10 Epidemiology and public health.

11 Clinical governance.

Self-assessment: Best of Five, Extended Matching Questions

Book Reviews

The style of the book ensures its readability. It is written in a pithy "note form" style with the book's mascot - the crash-helmeted bike rider - presiding over important "need to know" stuff...the stuff that virtually every doctor will eventually need.
Dr Jeremy Sager, Univadis

The curriculum coverage is comprehensive and the level of detail throughout is impressive. This book is delightfully easy to read and logically arranged.

I really enjoyed reading this book and it will come in handy in some of my teaching.

Dr Steven De Wilde, GP Trainer and Academic, Tooting, South London

Book details
ISBN: 9780723438656
Page Count: 216
Retail Price : £27.99
Scambler: Psychology and Sociology Applied to Medicine, An Illustrated Colour Text, 044304971, 172pp, 1998, £19.99
Recommended text for sociology for large proportion of medical schools. Popular because it fits the subject into the double-page spread ICT approach, but each chapter is written by a different contributor, giving the impression that each subject is not dealt with in a consistent way.

Porter: Sociology as Applied to Medicine, 0702022756, 320pp, £16.99, 1997
Again, recommended in a significant number of medical schools. Very much a 'sociology' book - the material has not been particularly aimed at the learning needs of the average medical student.

Schwartz: Medical Ethics 0702025437, £15.99, 228 pp

There is an 18 page section on Ethics and Communication at the start of Kumar and Clark: Clinical Medicine

Undergraduate medical students

S Sam Cryer
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