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June 27, 1931


JAMA. 1931;96(26):2221-2222. doi:10.1001/jama.1931.02720520049019

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The Congress of Legal Medicine  The sixteenth French Congress of Legal Medicine was held, May 4, in the Great Hall of the Institut médico-légal of the Faculté de médecine, in the presence of Mr. Léon Bérard, minister of justice, and under the chairmanship of Dr. Paul, medicolegalist. The first topic on the program, an official paper on which was presented by Messrs. Donnedieu de Vabras, Duvoir and Desoille, was "The Liability of Physicians." According to the authors, this liability rests on a contract of a peculiar nature, to which the strict rules of the code are not applicable. The physician and the surgeon cannot treat a patient unless he consents to the intervention, and they must inform him of the risks to be incurred, with the exception of persons mentally ill or in a state of coma. In case of a modification during the course of an operation on an

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