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February 7, 1996

Legal Medicine

Author Affiliations

Unum Life Insurance Company of America Portland, Me


edited by S. Sandy Sanbar, Allan Gibofsky, Marvin H. Firestone, and Theodore R. LeBlang (American College of Legal Medicine Textbook Committee), 3rd ed, 754 pp, $135, ISBN 0-8151-0131-7, St Louis Mo, Mosby, 1995.

JAMA. 1996;275(5):408. doi:10.1001/jama.1996.03530290080048

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Kudos to Dr Sanbar and other members of the American College of Legal Medicine's Textbook Committee for putting together this excellent third edition. A broad and sometimes deep survey of legal medicine, the text can serve well both the seasoned health care practitioner and newcomers to the field. It is also a useful reference for others who interface regularly with the health care delivery system, an excellent source for university courses on medical ethics and the law, and a good primer for law students with an interest in the field. Nonetheless, its primary appeal, or at least value, should be to practicing physicians, nurses, and other health care providers.

Where to start reading this 754-page, 49-chapter text? Not necessarily at the beginning! One might rather begin by scanning the section dealing with the care of special patients—reproductive medicine patients, children, the elderly, cancer patients, patients with pain, and those who