by Francis X. Campion, 372 pp, $40 (American Medical Association members), $55 (nonmembers), Order OP 630690, Chicago, Ill, American Medical Association, 1990
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If history is any teacher, the present quiet waters of medical liability will again become turbulent in our tort system; this book can reduce the intensity of the predicted legal storm.
The chapters include "The Physician-Patient Relationship," "Negligence," "Informed Consent," "Adverse Outcomes," "The Impaired Physician," "Professional Liability Insurance," and "Peer Review." Each chapter begins with a case scenario and is then followed by discussion of the general principles of the particular subject with use of the case presentation as an example, followed by articles from other sources as reference materials.
This book is easily readable and should be read by medical students and practicing physicians alike. All too often, suits arise that could have been easily avoided if the physician had followed the guidelines discussed therein. The price of this book could easily save thousands of dollars and untold lost hours of practice time. The American Medical Association also offers
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