December 1968

The Negligent Doctor.

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New York


By Charles Kramer. Price, $5.95. Pp 255. Crown Publishers, Inc., 419 Park Ave S, New York 10016, 1968.

Arch Intern Med. 1968;122(6):544-545. doi:10.1001/archinte.1968.00300100078028

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By coincidence, I saw and heard the author of this book on a well-known television personality-interview program the day before I received it for review. For what advantage it may offer, I had the opportunity to appreciate the message, "medical malpractice—in and out of hospitals and what can be done about it" (the book's subtitle) through conventional TV audience participation, as well as in print.

Charles Kramer, a prominent attorney usually on the side of plaintiffs in personal injury cases (including suits against physicians and hospitals), uses a series of courtroom trials to illustrate (in his own words) a story of carelessness, indifference, and even ignorance on the part of some physicians. On television screen and on paper, Kramer emphasizes that he respects the medical profession and considers that physicians as a whole are performing a great service to humanity. But some few are not—and their shortcomings and even wrongdoings,

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