Yearworth v. North Bristol NHS trust: a property case of uncertain significance?

Medicine, Health Care and Philosophy, Volume 13, Number 4, 343-350, DOI: 10.1007/s11019-010-9261-4
Author: Shawn H. E. Harmon
“It has long been the position in law that, subject to some minor but important exceptions, property cannot be held in the human body, whether living or dead. In the recent case of Yearworth and Others v North Bristol NHS Trust, however, the Court of Appeal for England and Wales revisited the property debate and threw into doubt a number of doctrines with respect to property and the body. This brief article analyses Yearworth,… It concludes that, while Yearworth engages with, and impacts on, important theoretical and practical issues—from legal, healthcare and research perspectives—it does not offer a great deal of guidance and, for that reason, its precedential significance is in doubt.”
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