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March 13, 1967

Law for the Physician

JAMA. 1967;199(11):865. doi:10.1001/jama.1967.03120110137045

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The last six years have produced nearly as many worthwhile text-books on the general subject of law and medicine as were produced in the preceding quarter of a century. Consequently, it is becoming more and more difficult to find something different in each succeeding offering. Nearly all of them provide a physician with a good basic understanding of medical licensure, malpractice, expert testimony, and civil procedure. But this book has several additional merits.

It is new enough to include some of the medicolegal problems connected with the Medicare law. It contains a more extensive discussion of the medicolegal problems of organ transplants than any of the other recent books. The chapter on organ transplants contains suggested medicolegal forms for a physician to use when requesting a kidney transplant, removing a kidney for transplantation, or performing an autopsy and when requesting removal of specific organs after death for scientific purposes.