The lawyer is nothing if he is not generous. He is willing to help you out of your difficulties—for a retainer. If, so be it, he can not get a retainer, he will tell you how to keep out of difficulties, for glory; and if there is neither retainer nor glory in sight, he will do it out of pure force of habit.
It is doubtless true that the surgeon is more often compelled to face a situation in which he must consider his own rights and liabilities than is the general medical practitioner. He is often called on to make an election between taking desperate chances and doing nothing. He is called to treat a man who has met with a serious accident. The patient is unconscious. An operation of an important and serious character, involving elements of danger, seems to be necessary. The man is in a critical
MAHONEY TJ. SUGGESTIONS ON RIGHTS AND LIABILITIES OF SURGEONS.. JAMA. 1900;XXXIV(16):973-975. doi:10.1001/jama.1900.24610160015001d