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October 14, 1950

Doctor and Patient and the Law

JAMA. 1950;144(7):590. doi:10.1001/jama.1950.02920070080029

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The first edition of this book was published under the title "Medical Malpractice." The change in title largely reflects the extent of its revision. The original chapters on malpractice remain, being the bulk of the book, but they are now supplemented by chapters relating to other medicolegal problems which may sooner or later confront any physician. Miscellaneous subjects, such as blood-grouping tests, adoptions, coroners and medical examiners, narcotics and Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act, to name a few, are among the matters of medicolegal importance to the physician that have been added to the book.

With commendable thoroughness the author has selected rules of law relating to his subject, stating them clearly and succinctly. Then with illustrative court decisions, abstracted in a sentence or two, he presents concrete examples of the application of those rules. The examples are numerous and, if not exhaustive, are so varied that one may draw analogy from them

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