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August 11, 1956

Doctor and Patient and the Law

JAMA. 1956;161(15):1515. doi:10.1001/jama.1956.02970150083025

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This third edition is in no sense a revision of the previous editions. With one very minor exception, all the text material found in the second edition is also found here. Too, the footnotes found in the second edition are found here, additional references being identified by adding (a), (b), (c), etc., to the last numbered footnote in any particular section. This edition is 147 pages longer because of the more extensive text discussion and the addition of several new topics. A section on grievance committees, for example, discusses the limitations on the recommended scope of activity of such a committee functioning at the county society level. Attention is called to the fact that such a committee must do more than merely "whitewash the physician." It concludes, quite properly, that perhaps such a committee should limit itself to disputes about fees and not attempt to evaluate controversies involving the failure

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