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February 2, 1957


JAMA. 1957;163(5):360. doi:10.1001/jama.1957.02970400032014

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One of the most frequently discussed and most important subjects of interest to the individual physician and to organized medicine today is medical professional liability. Unfortunately to date a complete study has not been made of this problem. For this reason and in response to a number of resolutions presented to the House of Delegates by state medical societies requesting advice and assistance, an exhaustive survey has been conducted by the Law Department with the cooperation of other councils and committees of the Association.

For approximately two years, facts, figures, and opinions have been systematically collected. This material has been reviewed, studied, and analyzed and is now available for presentation to the profession. In this issue of The Journal in the column entitled Medicine and the Law (page 364) is an outline of the various phases of the survey and a statement concerning the manner in which the results of

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