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Article
November 14, 1977

Medical Malpractice

Author Affiliations

Santa Cruz, Calif

JAMA. 1977;238(20):2196-2197. doi:10.1001/jama.1977.03280210088037

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Abstract

The medical reader may be forgiven if he seems less than enthusiastic about another collection of essays addressed to the malpractice crisis. However, if he has more than a casual interest in the subject, he will benefit from a careful perusal of this scholarly work, a symposium from the Duke Law Journal presenting a serious and objective look at the problem by a group of authorities. This small volume provides an insightful analysis of the medical and insurance aspects of a complex problem. Furthermore, it illumines the social engineering and thinking in the concepts of Health Maintenance Organizations and national health insurance.

Quality of care assurance appears inextricably entwined with most malpractice solutions, and the chapter on "Quality of Care" outlines succinctly the problems in assessing this concept. Particularly lucid is the distinction between "art-of-care" and technical care and between evaluating quality according to the patient's standards (ie, outcome data)

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