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Issues in Dermatology
May 2000

Read the Lancet, or Else!

Arch Dermatol. 2000;136(5):602-605. doi:10.1001/archderm.136.5.602

You could be sued for not keeping up, at least in Israel. I read about this in TheLancet. In the News section, Robert Fishman reported that the Supreme Court of Israel "upheld a lower district court conviction of malpractice resulting from ignorance of the current medical literature."1 The case involved a patient who underwent surgery for what was thought to be a brain tumor but who actually had a rare form of multiple sclerosis "that behaved like a brain tumor." The judge ruled that "the physicians were negligent for not keeping abreast of the published professional literature, which would have alerted them to this alternative diagnosis."

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