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June 30, 1975

Leading Cases

JAMA. 1975;232(13):1409-1410. doi:10.1001/jama.1975.03250130087038

EVERY week, there are many court decisions that have an impact on the practice of medicine. These decisions are currently summarized in The Citation, a newsletter published twice a month by the Office of the General Counsel, American Medical Association.

Some of these decisions are of such special importance that they deserve the wider publicity that can be obtained through the pages of The Journal. Trial court decisions, which are of little precedent value and are subject to reversal, are omitted. Selected decisions are usually restricted to those of the highest state or federal court. It should be remembered, however, that a decision by a court in one state is not necessarily binding elsewhere.

No Immunity for Deliberate Misconduct  The Supreme Court of South Carolina has recently decided that the doctrine of charitable immunity, which protects nonprofit hospitals from suit, does not extend to a case in which a patient