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June 7, 1976

What are the Priorities?

Author Affiliations

Loma Linda University Loma Linda, Calif

JAMA. 1976;235(23):2475. doi:10.1001/jama.1976.03260490011002

To the Editor.—  With all of the attention currently being given to the sky-rocketing costs of malpractice insurance due to the high settlements being made and the number of lawsuits being filed by lawyers working on a contingency fee basis, I cannot help pointing out a glaring inconsistency of the legal profession when they argue that the problem lies with the "bad doctors" in the medical profession.As a consumer health specialist who follows closely what is happening in the realm of medical quackery, I find it quite incredible that someone can practice the most blatant forms of health fraud, be arrested, tried, and found guilty, and end up getting off cheaper than what the cost of six months of malpractice insurance coverage is for a general practitioner in California.A case in point involved Kurt Donsbach, of the National Health Federation (NHF). The following account of Donsbach's activities is