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HC judge pens book on medicine, law

chandigarh Updated: Feb 19, 2014 11:36 IST
Sanjeev Verma
Sanjeev Verma
Hindustan Times
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Examining the interface between medical profession and the legal solutions, Justice K Kannan, 58, of the Punjab and Haryana high court has come up with his new book, ‘Medicine and Law’, addressing vital questions of larger public interest.

In a society that has a large chunk of population of illiterate and subjugated women, is it advisable to allow infertile couples from abroad to come to India in search of surrogate mothers with financial allurements? Or should we approve the concept of designer babies by gene manipulation to aid birth of a child with predesigned qualities? These are some of the topics the legal luminary has dealt with in his book to be released shortly.

Published by Oxford University Press, the book provides succinct information as to whether euthanasia be permitted at least in a permanently vegetative state? Providing a concise overview on the issues cropping up in rapidly advancing medical technology, the author has also addressed topics like clinical trials, organ transplant, abortion, sex selection, cosmetic enhancement procedures and confidentiality.

In an environment witnessing medical malpractice, the author has tried to examine the legal, social and ethical implications of contemporary technological advancements redrawing the doctor-patient relationships.

Despite the book’s content being valuable for medical and legal fraternity, its comparative analysis of Indian case law with the UK and US jurisdictions is useful for researchers, NGO professionals and students.

The writer has authored/edited 13 books on varied topics ranging from ‘Wills and Succession’ to ‘Accidents and Compensation Laws’, and ‘Medical Jurisprudence and Toxicology’ to ‘Landlord and Tenant’.

Justice Kannan’s principled declaration of assets as the first Indian judge brought a new paradigm for the entire judiciary to follow and he was named by the weekly India Today among 20 heroes of 2009.