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September 1, 1951


JAMA. 1951;147(1):64. doi:10.1001/jama.1951.03670180070018

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Elsewhere in this issue of The Journal (page 54) appears a special report of the Committee on Medicolegal Problems dealing with malpractice claims. The report emphasizes the preventive aspects of the problem and contains many suggestions as to what can be done to reduce the incidence of unjust suits. Committees have been created by many state and local medical associations to study the malpractice problem and to assist patients and physicians in adjusting differences that may arise, some of which may be forerunners of litigation. Such committees will find this report of significant value, as will also individual physicians. Patients who have just grievances should be aided in obtaining proper and prompt adjustments, but many claims, as the report points out, result from a misunderstanding of the legal responsibilities involved in the physician-patient relationship. The report should serve to clarify an appreciation of these responsibilities. Reprints will be made available

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