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October 1968

The Heart and the Law.

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Los Angeles


By Elliot L. Sagall, MD, and Barry C. Reed, LLB. Price, $28. Pp 817, with 54 tables and 45 figures. Macmillan Co., 866 Third Ave, New York 10022, 1968.

Arch Intern Med. 1968;122(4):385-386. doi:10.1001/archinte.1968.00300090095041

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How many patients involve their doctors, directly or indirectly, in some form of legal controversy? Though the number varies from practice to practice, it still must be considerable. Not only is there a wide assortment of actions now available to them (workman's compensation claims, personal injury suits, insurance and unemployment contract disputes, hearings on drivers' licensure restrictions, contested wills, malpractice claims, etc), but there is an explosion of suits in nearly all categories. When these are multiplied by the frequency of issues concerning heart injury and disease, there is little doubt that The Heart and the Law will prove helpful to a lot of people.

As announced in the forward, this book is intended for physicians (part 1) and lawyers (part 2). As we will see, it should benefit lawyers more than physicians; however, it will have a place in many medical libraries.

No lawyer worth his salt will go

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