University of California Press  |  June 9, 2008

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The literature, both academic and judicial, on the intersection of law and health is pervasive. The subject of law and health is widely taught (in schools of law, medicine, public health, and health administration), practiced (by “health lawyers”), and analyzed (by scholars in the related fields of health law, bioethics, and health policy).¹ The fields that characterize these branches of study are called health law, health care law, law and medicine, forensic medicine, and public health law. Do these names imply different disciplines, each with a coherent theory, structure, and method that sets it apart?

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