This collection of papers and lectures presented at the King's College Centre of Medical Law and Ethics reflects current topical issues in health care ethics and law and raises questions of enduring interest. Includes reproductive rights; clinical research ethics; child abuse and the law; AIDS testing and civil liberties; ethics in resource allocation; and the doctor and breast cancer research trials. The substantial discussion of the ethics and epistemology of clinical research and the validation of novel therapies looks into the difficulties of distinguishing between quackery and sound therapy and approaches the intricate problems surrounding the definition of true consent and non-maleficence. Presents an examination of the ethics of the use of fetal material for transplant and discussion of the many varied issues affected by the role of law and the courts in shaping medical practice. Features a medical law review of the year.