Monday, June 29, 2015

New Research Guide to Health Law

The Goodson Law Library has recently added a brand-new research guide to Health Law. Reference Librarian Jane Bahnson, who also teaches the advanced research course Health & Medical Research for Lawyers, curated this list of primary and secondary resources on health and medical law topics.

Looking for a treatise or hornbook to explain health care-related legal concepts? Want a medical dictionary to illustrate complex terminology? Need statistics about a particular health care issue? It’s all in the guide. The "Primary Sources" section also describes and lists background and legislative history resources for nine major federal health statutes. These include the Americans with Disabilities Act (which marks its 25th anniversary next month), Medicare/Medicaid, and the recent Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, whose health care tax subsidies were upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court last week (see SCOTUSblog info page for King v. Burwell).

Color diagram of a human heart
Color diagram of a human heart,
which many attorneys have been
accused of not possessing.
From Attorney's Textbook of Medicine,
available on Lexis Advance.

Although some resources, such as Bloomberg BNA's Health Law Resource Center, are available only to current members of the Duke Law community, the guide also includes free Internet resources as well as books and e-books which are available to the Duke University community and library visitors.

For more assistance with locating library resources on health law topics, check out the guide’s tips for Searching the Duke Catalog or Ask a Librarian.