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April 1962

Medicolegal Forms with Legal Analysis

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Association. Price, $1.00. Pp. 49. American Medical Association, 535 N. Dearborn St., Chicago 10, 1961.

Arch Intern Med. 1962;109(4):497-499. doi:10.1001/archinte.1962.03620160123027

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This pamphlet, produced by the A.M.A.'s law department as part of its service to the medical profession, is a revised and expanded edition of an earlier compilation of suggested medicolegal forms. It contains 47 forms in 18 categories, ranging from physician-patient relationship, authorization for treatment, to consent for treatment or special procedures.

The unique aspect of this book is the careful annotation accompanying most of the forms explaining occasion and purpose. The text offers suggestions for use (e.g., when a letter or a statement is appropriate), illustrative case summaries, and legal citations. The new edition not only offers cases and examples not available when the 1957 edition appeared, but presents old material more palatably. Although basic legal principles have not changed, there has been much more concern with "informed consent" in recent years. The 1961 versions therefore stress intelligibility and specificity—but not to the point of scaring a patient. Changes

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