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April 12, 2006

Relations Between Physicians and Attorneys

Author Affiliations

Letters Section Editor: Robert M. Golub, MD, Senior Editor.

JAMA. 2006;295(14):1643-1645. doi:10.1001/jama.295.14.1643-a

To the Editor: In their Commentary on the relations between attorneys and physicians, Drs Jacobson and Bloche1 have provided a perspective from which to evaluate difficulties at the interface of law and medicine. In particular, they argue that the current liability crisis has deepened the antipathy of physicians toward attorneys and the legal system, and that a renewed dialogue emphasizing shared values and patient safety is called for in an effort to formulate effective health policy. However, the authors' analysis of shared values is incomplete, and they promote a unilateral move toward accommodation, without recognizing the fundamental cause of the difficulties.