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February 6, 1978

Lawsuits for Malpractice

JAMA. 1978;239(6):495. doi:10.1001/jama.1978.03280330030006

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To the Editor. —  I hope that physicians will appreciate the philosophy of Mr Vaccarino's clear and incisive comments on malpractice and pay heed to them. Similar thoughts and findings have been expressed on numerous occasions in the past several years by knowledgeable medical-legal experts, researchers, and governmental agencies concerning the burgeoning problem of professional negligence lawsuits against physicians. For the most part, however, the results of their deliberations and specific recommendations have been either ignored or attacked with purely subjective, emotional vituperation by physicians who refuse to acknowledge the many well-substantiated concepts contained in Mr Vaccarino's commentary.If medical schools, hospitals, defense attorneys, and insurance carriers would all spend more time in educating physicians about the cause of medical malpractice actions and would advise them that more sensitivity and understanding of their patients' needs as human beings not only would contribute to better medical care but also would provide