Medicine and Society


Medicine and Society is an Integrative Curricular Unit formed by three modules.

The module of Ethics, Deontology and Medical Law has as its prime goals to endow the medicine student with the essential knowledge on deontological standards of conduct of the Portuguese Medical Order, on the major problems of ethics applied to contemporary medicine and on the fundamental basis for the framework of the medical profession on the norms, regulations, and legal precepts involved in medical liability.

The module Introduction to legal Medicine it is intended to provide the IMM student by the NOVA Medical School with a brief presentation to Legal medicine, as a complement of the Ethical, Deontology and Medical Law Module.

This module “The Doctor, The Patient and The Society” intends to introduce the student to the major questions related to the exercise of the medical profession nowadays and with the broader subject of the political and economic implications of health care provision systems.

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Responsible teacher

Prof. Doutor Diogo Pais


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Módulo de Ética, Deontologia e Direito Médicos:

Ética, Deontologia e Direito Médico – José António Esperança Pina. Lidel, Edições Técnicas Lda.

Direitos dos Pacientes e Responsabilidade Médica – André G. Dias Pereira. Coimbra Editora

Legislação de Direito da Medicina – Helena Moniz. Coimbra Editora

TRREE ( – Formação e Recursos na Avaliação de Ética em Pesquisa


Módulo Introdução à Medicina Legal:

Simpson’s Forensic Medicine. Payne James et al. Hodder Arnold. 2011

Medicina Legal. França. Guanabara Koogan, 2011.


Módulo o Médico, o Doente e a Sociedade:

American Board of Internal Medicine Foundation. American College of Physicians–American Society of Internal Medicine Foundation. European Federation of Internal Medicine Medical professionalism in the new millennium: a physician charter. Ann Intern Med. 2002;136(3):243–246. 

Barros, P.P. (2009) Economia da Saúde: Conceitos e Comportamentos (2ª Edição). Almedina, Coimbra.

Teaching method

Ethics Deontology and Medical Law-1 lecture of introduction to the major themes, following case discussion sessions presenting dilemmatic situations regarding the major legal-ethical and deontological questions of medicine. Each subject is studied through the presentation and discussion, by groups of students, of real or constructed case scenarios. All ethical, deontological and legal pertinent aspects will be introduced along the discussion. Introduction to legal medicine-composed of 6 lectures - include the presentation and discussion of practical examples. The Doctor, the Patient and the Society-10 lectures distributed, in a balanced manner, between the themes of medical professionalism and health politics and economics.

Evaluation method

Assessment will include providing the 3 certificates-training-TRREE website-10% of the Final Score, oral presentation of an Ethics Deontology and Medical Law case(s) (group work)– 20% of the Final Score. The written examination will make up 70% of the final grade.

Subject matter

Ethics Deontology and Medical Law

Definitions and Principals


Principles of Bioethics

Introduction to the Deontology Code

Medical Liability

Legal-Ethical and Deontological Questions

Rights and Duties of Doctors and Patients

Informed Consent and Refusal

Health Power of Attorney

Medical Confidentiality

Joint and Several Liability

Medical Solidarity

Medical Emergency

Chronical Patient

Relationship Doctors and Patient Relatives

Liberty Deprived Patient

Genic Therapy

Rights of the Embryo



Human experimentation



Introduction to legal Medicine


Concepts of Death

General Semiology of Violent Death

Medical Expert Assessment and Damage Evaluation in Civil Court, Criminal Proceedings and Work Indemnities

Doctor Social Role



The Doctor The Patient and The Society

Medical Professionalism in Contemporary Societies

Doctor and health economics

Health care systems and policies

Management of health care systems

Risk in Medicine

Human rights


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