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November 19, 1955

The Physician and the Law

JAMA. 1955;159(12):1251. doi:10.1001/jama.1955.02960290077018

There are not many books on the market that discuss those basic legal problems with which all physicians should have at least a nodding acquaintance. Furthermore, one can count on the fingers of one hand the books of this kind that are suitable for use by medical students. It is necessary to strike a happy medium between a book that is too simple and one that assumes a basic knowledge that does not exist. Mr. Long is to be commended both for his effort and his accomplishment. Although he has written primarily for the practicing physician, the book is suitable for use by medical students as well, and he has crowded a great many helpful suggestions and basic information into it. His discussion emphasizes the field of malpractice and the expert witness but also contains brief statements on such subjects as adoption, artificial insemination, medical licensure, workmen's compensation, blood tests,

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