Medical Law Law and Legal Definition
Medical law is the branch of law which governs the prerogatives and responsibilities of medical professionals and the rights of the patients. Medical law is different from medical jurisprudence. The main branches of medical law includes:
1.law on confidentiality,
2.law on negligence and torts in relation to medical treatment,
3.criminal law in the field of medical practice and treatment.
Medical law addresses a number of important ethical questions. These include questions as to the nature, quality and duration of life. These questions have come before the courts recently with regard to euthanasia, reproductive technology and sterilization of non-competent patients.