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November 14, 1977


JAMA. 1977;238(20):2144. doi:10.1001/jama.1977.03280210036012

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To the Editor.—  The commentary by James M. Vaccarino, JD, (238:861, 1977) should be memorized by every practicing physician and should be enshrined on a plaque next to or slightly above the Hippocratic oath.As a plaintiff's attorney, I sit every day across the desk from people voicing all of the complaints set forth by Dr Vaccarino. Most are eliminated. It just happens that the complaints in a meritorious case and the complaint in a nonmeritorious case are identical to begin with. It is only by looking at a valid, well-kept record that the two types of cases can be separated and many nonmeritorious suits avoided.