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To the Editor.—
Upon reading a MEDICAL NEWS article in The Journal (220:184, 1972) entitled "Physicians Alerted to Newest Developments in Malpractice Laws," I was most disappointed. The malpractice problem is too complex to be explained in generalities as the news article did.I have recently completed a research project entitled "The Physicians Guide to Medical Malpractice." This guide was constructed to fulfill a college research requirement and, consequently, will not be published.While interviewing various physicians I found most to possess only an elementary understanding of the problem. It is impossible for me to go into details at the present time, but I will include one grossly misunderstood concept that I found.It has been established in most states that a mature minor (15 years and older) can be treated without parental consent. The only stipulation is that the minor have an understanding of the consequences of the treatment,
Dopf GW. Malpractice Laws. JAMA. 1972;220(11):1495. doi:10.1001/jama.1972.03200110073021