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February 4, 1956


JAMA. 1956;160(5):393. doi:10.1001/jama.1956.02960400051015

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Elsewhere in this issue of The Journal (see page 395) are pertinent parts of the reports on professional liability insurance and prevention programs submitted by the Law Department to the Board of Trustees and the House of Delegates dated May 26, 1955, and November 21, 1955. It is believed that this study, when completed, will be of great interest and value to the profession. The subject of professional liability is a complex problem involving, among others, questions of law, insurance, and the psychology of why people sue doctors.

The necessity for such a study cannot be overemphasized in view of the absence of a current, comprehensive, factual, or statistical study of professional liability claims and cases. It is anticipated that, as a result of the study, suggestions can be made as to the solution of many of the knotty problems of professional liability and that a workable claims-prevention program can

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