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July 20, 1957

Malpractice Liability of Doctors and Hospitals (Common Law and Quebec Law)

JAMA. 1957;164(12):1413. doi:10.1001/jama.1957.02980120117027

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This is a concise, well-written, and clearly presented volume on the subject of professional liability with reference not only to the physician but also to the hospital. It should also be of interest to the attorney, although the references primarily cover English and Canadian law. Various points of malpractice are abundantly illustrated by cases, some from the United States. The book is well outlined with chapters on relationship between physician and patient, professional confidence, malpractice arising from diagnosis and treatment, and advice to the physician as a witness. One chapter is devoted to hospital liability. For the Canadian attorney, there are chapters on civil courts and procedure and assessment of damages in case of body injury and fatal cases. The subject of criminal malpractice is reviewed in the last chapter. An adequate index is provided. In reading this book, the American physician must realize that American courts have become more

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