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June 13, 1959


Author Affiliations

Los Angeles

Legal Counsel, California Hospital Association, and hospital member, Joint American Medical Association—American Hospital Association Committee on Professional Liability.

JAMA. 1959;170(7):807-809. doi:10.1001/jama.1959.63010070009011

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Dr. Sadusk has already reported on the history and the activities of the A. M. A.-A. H. A. joint medicolegal committee (The Journal, June 6). That committee can only act as a sparkplug, for the basic work must be done at the state level through the activities of a joint committee created by the state medical society and the state hospital association.

Purpose  The underlying purpose of the joint committee must be to improve patient care in the hospital setting through improved treatment methods, management technique, and basic safety across the entire spectrum of care, from the highly trained specialist on the one hand to the maids and porters on the other.It should be pointed out that the statement of purpose is set forth in the positive and is directed toward improved patient care. There is no mention of claims prevention or holding down suits or judgments, because

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