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March 19, 1938

The Roentgenologist in Court

JAMA. 1938;110(12):924-925. doi:10.1001/jama.1938.02790120066033

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Distasteful as are most matters of law to the average physician, contact with legal procedures is almost inevitable at some point in his career. Some knowledge of the law and its ramifications into the medical sphere is imperative. This small, readable book clarifies in a simple, authoritative manner many medicolegal problems of importance not only to the roentgenologist but to members of the medical profession at large. The legal obligations of the physician to the general public are discussed in some detail, with particular attention to the present opinions of the courts on the status of radiology as a medical specialty. The causes and methods of prevention for malpractice suits are well presented. There is a particularly good discussion of the legal responsibility incumbent on the practitioner to use the roentgen method of diagnosis in various diseases. An increasing number of court rulings hold that x-ray diagnosis, in certain conditions,

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