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JAMA 100 Years Ago
July 27, 2005


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JAMA 100 Years Ago Section Editor: Jennifer Reiling, Assistant Editor.

JAMA. 2005;294(4):502. doi:10.1001/jama.294.4.502-a

It is stated in The Western Underwriter that the attorney-general of Minnesota has received from the Physicians’ Defense Association of Minnesota a complaint against those casualty companies that write a defense policy which includes in its benefits reimbursement for damages, as well as for the costs of defense. This point recently has been mentioned several times in our columns. In opposition to the more liberal contracts, it is alleged that they in reality nullify all laws providing a penalty for malpractice, and that they enable those so inclined to conduct an illegal practice without fear of punishment. The question is of some importance, and a decision in the Minnesota case will be awaited with interest.

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