Smith, Joseph Wayne Books
Joseph Wayne Smith is Research Scholar in the School of Law, University of Adelaide and a Research Fellow in the Department of General Practice, University of Adelaide. He holds a Ph.D. in Philosophy from Adelaide University and a D.Litt. from Flinders University of South Australia.2008 0-7734-5162-5
This study examines the scientific evidence relating to “abrupt” or “dangerous” climate change and explores the social, political, legal and philosophical significance of this evidence. The authors locate the “climate crisis” within the context of a wider crisis of civilization, consisting of a series of converging threats to human survival. There will need to be major changes to human living and thinking, including an abandonment of the idea that unending economic growth and a philosophy of consumer hedonism are compatible with the idea of an ecologically sustainable society.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.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.2009 0-7734-4808-X
This work provides an examination of the scientific evidence of rapid climate change, offering suggestions on combating the crisis to policy makers. The authors show how our thinking must be transformed in order to avert catastrophe.2010 0-7734-3620-0
This study provides a comprehensive and scholarly introduction to the debate around global apocalypse. The work presents an up-to-date overview of global climatic change, while also addressing challenges from climate change skeptics. Issues discussed include, the limits of scientific knowledge, and the capacity for societies to adapt to environmental challenges.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.