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September 9, 1988

Legal Medicine: Legal Dynamics of Medical Encounters

JAMA. 1988;260(10):1474. doi:10.1001/jama.1988.03410100164053

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This comprehensive textbook is authored by members of the American College of Legal Medicine Textbook Committee, most of whom hold earned degrees in both law and medicine. The subjects covered in its 53 chapters are well chosen to illustrate the many-faceted interrelationships between medicine and law. The book should appeal to both practitioners and students in each discipline because of the breadth and variety of subject matter presented.

Although the chapters are brief and concise, the reader does not feel teased or cheated. Those who wish to delve more deeply into a particular subject are treated to a scholarly feast of footnoted materials. Joseph McMenamin's chapter "Children as Patients" is generously illustrated by 456 explanatory citations ranging from Genesis to the opinions of the US Supreme Court.

The textbook is well organized and refreshing in its scope and balanced treatments of medicolegal subject matter. The topics of medical malpractice and