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May 10, 1958


JAMA. 1958;167(2):221-222. doi:10.1001/jama.1958.02990190075018

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FORUM ON MEDICAL PRACTICE  Ten experts in the social, legal, and economic aspects of medicine painted an up-to-date picture of these factors for an audience of 800 physicians in Washington, D. C., on March 27. It was the first of a planned series of forums on "The Doctor and His Practice," co-sponsored by The Wm. S. Merrell Company of Cincinnati, pharmaceutical manufacturer, and (at the latest forum) the Medical Council of the Washington Metropolitan Area. Among the speakers were C. Joseph Stetler, Director of the American Medical Association Law Department, and Bernard D. Hirsh, A. M. A. Tax Attorney.Stetler reported the results of a two-year study of professional liability, which indicated that the vast majority of claims and suits against doctors have not been justly founded. He said: "In some localities the likelihood of being sued is becoming so great that the practicing physician must recognize that it constitutes

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