Although not directly addressing medical law issues, those with an interest in Australian legal history may be interested in a recently published book by Associate Professor Annie Cossins from the University of New South Wales.

Entitled The Baby Farmers, the book examines a series of coronial inquests and a criminal prosecution against the background of infant adoptions, in 1890s Sydney.

The events recounted by Associate Professor Cossins appear to have contributed to the earliest form of child protection legislation, an area of government responsibility which remains challenging today.