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June 17, 1974

Medical Ethics and Discipline

Author Affiliations

Torrance, Calif

JAMA. 1974;228(12):1523. doi:10.1001/jama.1974.03230370021016

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To the Editor.—  I believe Dr. Derbyshire (228:59, 1974) should be disciplined for his lack of medical ethics in misstating what the Darling decision stands for. Following his citation of the Darling case, he claims that it stated essentially that the hospital administration could be held responsible for the competence of staff members. If he reads the decision closely, he will find out that the administration was held responsible for having a review mechanism in operation for the staff to determine the competence of its members. I contend that the administration is incompetent legally and medically to evaluate the competence of medical physicians. Only medical doctors can evaluate the competence of medical doctors.