Maddern, Guy Books

Dr. Guy Maddern is R. P. Jepson Professor of Surgery and Interim Head of the School of Medicine at the University of Adelaide in South Australia. He is Director of the Division of Surgery and Director of the Basil Hetzel Institute at The Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Adelaide, South Australia. Dr. Maddern holds a Ph.D. from the University of Adelaide.

Influence of Climate Change on the Practice of Surgery: The Scientific and Public Policy Implications
2015 1-4955-0289-9
This is the first book in the world to be published on the topic of surgery and climate change. It is the aim of this book to present an up-to-date summary of the relevant climate science, information on the impact of climate change upon human health, and to situate the new research paradigm of surgery and climate change within this scientific framework.

Medical Malpractice, Mistakes and Mishaps: Essays on Medical Litigation, the Mandatory Reporting of Health Professionals and the Limits of the Law
2013 0-7734-4535-8
This book discusses several important topics. Firstly, the book analyzes the limits of tort law; the problems with Australian law on the negligent failure to disclose medical risks and the merits of no-fault compensation schemes. Then it studies the importance of the elimination of medical error and the adoption of sound and comprehensive risk management principles; apologies and open disclosure in medicine. It also discusses the relationship between expert evidence and medical malpractice litigation. Guiding these essays is an explicit legal skepticism. The book centers on the belief in the limits of legal argument as well as the belief in the social undesirability of resource to legal rules to deal with the problems of life. The position is sympathetic to the arguments of a number of critics of America law such as Catherine Crier and Philip K. Howard who see Anglo-American culture as asking too much of “the Law.” Often the turn to the law attempts to replace responsibility, judgment, innovation and reason by an appeal to legal rules.

Surgical Litigation Crisis: Medical Practice and Legal Reform
2010 0-7734-1407-X
The authors bring together a new legal and medical analysis of history and developments in the area of malpractice litigation. The book provides a valuable resource for doctors, lawyers and patients/consumers, especially in terms of its in-depth examination of the components of the surgical litigation crisis and legal reform.