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Book and Media Reviews
November 7, 2007

Physicians’ Survival Guide to Litigation Stress: Understanding, Managing, and Transcending a Malpractice Crisis

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Book and Media Reviews Section Editor: John L. Zeller, MD, PhD, Contributing Editor.

JAMA. 2007;298(17):2070-2075. doi:10.1001/jama.298.17.2074

Physicians' Survival Guide to Litigation Stress: Understanding, Managing, and Transcending a Malpractice Crisis is a collaboration between an allergist/immunologist and a psychotherapist. Like many books of its genre, it was conceived as the response to personal crisis.

Almost half of the book is devoted to the psychological evaluation of physicians' personalities, typical reactions to litigation, and the impact these reactions may have on others in the health care environment. The remainder is more focused on the litigation experience and transformative approaches to it. The authors' recommendations are culled from the literature and their own personal and professional experiences as defendant and counselor.

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