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April 12, 2006

Relations Between Physicians and Attorneys

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Letters Section Editor: Robert M. Golub, MD, Senior Editor.

JAMA. 2006;295(14):1643-1645. doi:10.1001/jama.295.14.1643-b

To the Editor: In their Commentary, Drs Jacobson and Bloche1 comprehensively outline the interactions and conflicts between the legal and medical professions in modern American society. They conclude that there is potential for reconciliation between the professions if physicians, who are disgruntled with the legal system primarily because of concerns about their risk of medical malpractice tort liability, will recognize their common interests with lawyers in meeting the regulatory and business demands confronting medical practitioners. They also appeal to the 2 professions to cooperate in “reasoned exploration of important health care delivery and policy issues.”

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