Ethics books available from the BMA 

The BMA has published a number of books on a range of medico-legal and ethical issues which are available for purchase. BMA members can enjoy a 15% discount off the cover price.

Location: UK
Audience: All doctors
Last reviewed: 14 December 2021
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Medical Ethics Today

Now in its third edition, Medical Ethics Today is the BMA’s handbook on ethics and law. It provides a practical and easy to use guide to the ethical and legal issues in medicine faced by all healthcare professionals.

Written by the specialist advisors in the BMA’s medical ethics department, under the direction of the BMA medical ethics committee, and reviewed by leading medical ethicists and lawyers, it provides comprehensive coverage of the ethical issues in modern medicine.

Throughout, we provide practical and relevant case studies and examples of best practice in real world situations to illustrate how the guidance can be used in practice.

BMA members

  • Can save 15% on the cover price; and
  • access the book for free online through the BMA library’s e-books collection.

Access the e-book

Chapter updates

As the legal, regulatory and best practice landscape is always evolving, we publish updated to the different chapters following any significant changes since publication.

Chapter updates
  1. The doctor-patient relationship
    August 2016
  2. Consent, choice and refusal: adults with capacity
    May 2017
  3. Treating adults who lack capacity
    February 2013
  4. Children and young people
  5. Confidentiality
    November 2013
  6. Health records
    September 2013
  7. Contraception, abortion, and birth
  8. Assisted reproduction
    February 2013
  9. Genetics
  10. Caring for patients at the end of life
  11. Euthanasia and physician assisted suicide
    February 2013
  12. Responsibilities after a patient’s death
    April 2013
  13. Prescribing and administering medication
    November 2013
  14. Research and innovative treatment
    February 2013
  15. Emergency situations
  16. Doctors with dual obligations
  17. Providing treatment and care in detention settings
    August 2013
  18. Education and training
    August 2013
  19. Teamwork, referral, delegation and shared care
  20. Public health dimensions of medical practice
  21. Reducing risk, clinical error, and poor performance
    February 2013

Everyday Medical Ethics and Law

Everyday Medical Ethics and Law pulls out the practical advice on the everyday ethical dilemmas found in our main guide, Medical Ethics Today and presents it in a handy paperback reference guide.

It summarises:

  • best practice standards
  • legal benchmarks
  • advice from expert organisations on a range of areas, such as: the doctor-patient relationship, consent and capacity, and confidentiality.

Each chapter is designed for effective learning with '10 need-to-know points' on each topic, before outlining the situations in which it might arise in real life, and why doctors need to understand them.

​BMA members can save 15% off the cover price and purchase the book from Wiley or other booksellers.

Buy Everyday Medical Ethics and Law


Withholding and withdrawing life-prolonging treatment: guidance for decision making

This book provides clear guidance and information for doctors on one of the most controversial and emotive issues in medicine: withholding and withdrawing life-prolonging medical treatment. This book is available to purchase as an e-book and as a paperback from Wiley.

Please note that for the most up-to-date guidance on decisions about clinically-assisted nutrition and hydration (CANH) and adults who lack capacity in England and Wales, you should view our dedicated guidance on CANH.