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April 18, 1977

Leading Cases

JAMA. 1977;237(16):1726-1727. doi:10.1001/jama.1977.03270430068028

EVERY week there are many court decisions that have an impact on the practice of medicine. These decisions are currently reported, in summary, in The Citation, a newsletter published twice a month by the office of the General Counsel, American Medical Association.

Some of these decisions are of such special importance that they deserve the wider publicity that can be obtained through the pages of The Journal. Trial court decisions, which are of little precedent value and are subject to reversal, are omitted. Selected decisions are usually restricted to those of the highest state or federal court. It should be remembered, however, that a decision by a court in one state is not necessarily binding elsewhere.

Administrative Professional Services  The professional services of a physician may include administrative activities, the Wisconsin Supreme Court has ruled.1 This is an important decision because a physician may wish to bring suit to