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There has been no time perhaps when the doctor has been held so strictly to account for what he does as the present. Malpractice suits were never so numerous, and they are brought frequently on the most trivial pretext, such, for instance, as the alleged failure to give consent to some particular line of treatment, or even simply as an offset to get out of paying a just bill. Even in legitimate experimental work on animals the physician is frequently annoyed and subjected to such interfering supervision as to make progress almost impossible. In view of these facts, it behooves the physician to familiarize himself more fully with the laws governing his obligations and liabilities to his patients and to the community, as well as the duties and obligations of the patients and the community to him. Every physician should study this little work carefully and thus become familiar with
Medical Men and the Law. JAMA. 1913;61(16):1480. doi:10.1001/jama.1913.04350170062025
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