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April 1, 1983

Hospital-Physician Relationships: Case Studies and Commentaries on Medical Staff Problems

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edited by Nathan Hershey, 239 pp, $23.50, Rockville, Md, Aspen Systems Corp, 1982.

JAMA. 1983;249(13):1771. doi:10.1001/jama.1983.03330370081043

Relations between the medical and legal professions are so strained by malpractice litigation that it often goes unnoticed that most mainstream lawyers do not belong to, indeed may even harbor reservations about, the trial bar. Consequently, we may inadequately acknowledge the legal profession as a useful and honorable one, with much to teach us about the handling of our affairs. The goal of his book, although Nathan Hershey states it somewhat differently, is to dramatize the range of awkward situations that plausibly could arise in any hospital and that should, therefore, be anticipated in the drafting of any hospital's medical staff bylaws. The medical staff, writing its bylaws, resembles the man writing his will, who must be diplomatically persuaded to include "boilerplate" provision against eventualities he refuses to take seriously but that do, nevertheless, litter the landscape of human affairs.

In this book, a series of fictionalized episodes parade before