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May 25, 1964

Handbook of Legal Medicine

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Charlottesville, Va

JAMA. 1964;188(8):764. doi:10.1001/jama.1964.03060340062029

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Most medical schools neglect the training of their students concerning their legal responsibilities. The Handbook of Legal Medicine, newly revised, provides the student with information that is invaluable to him during his internship and when he enters the practice of medicine. The unfortunate trauma to the doctor's public image has been due in most part to a failure of the physician to understand his legal and social responsibilities.

If this volume serves no other purpose than to enable the senior student to pass his State Boards, then it will already have served a useful purpose. What the authors have done, they have done well. However, there is a failure to apprise the student or practitioner about current problems such as the "Good Samaritan" legislation, nor is there any mention of the difference between the standards of practice as applied to the general practitioner on the one hand and the specialist

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