It is often said that Andrew Grubb, Ian Kennedy, Ken Mason and Peter Skegg are some of the founding fathers of the discipline of medical law. Their contributions to the field are undoubtedly seminal. Indeed, medical law used to be nothing more than tort and criminal law applied to medical practitioners. These authors were among the first to note that special rules were being applied to doctors in particular and that, rather than being a subset of other subjects, medical law was and should be viewed as a particular aspect of law in its own right. With medical law (now more widely known as health care law) well established and a staple of most law schools in the United Kingdom, it is right to reflect on how far this field of study has come in a relatively short period of time. In that spirit, what better way to celebrate the Medical Law Review’s 20th anniversary than to dedicate this issue to the contribution of an outstanding scholar who can be viewed as one of the founding mothers of medical law; Margaret Brazier.
This is a pre-copy-editing, author-produced PDF of an article accepted for publication in the Medical Law Review following peer review. The definitive publisher-authenticated version Biggs, H. Ost, S. Fovargue, S. Miloa, J. Editorial. Medical Law Review. 2012 20 : 1 6-7 is available online at: http://medlaw.oxfordjournals.org/content/20/1/6.extract