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November 3, 1989

Legal Aspects of Medicine: Including Cardiology, Pulmonary Medicine, and Critical Care Medicine

Author Affiliations

Jacksonville (Fla) Surgery Center

Jacksonville (Fla) Surgery Center

JAMA. 1989;262(17):2451. doi:10.1001/jama.1989.03430170113044

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"No medical approach to death can be viewed apart from its impact on these other social and legal considerations" (p 198). This quote from the chapter "Brain Death and the Law" in Legal Aspects of Medicine I feel sums up the thrust of this rather nice book. As a matter of fact, if you delete the phrase "to death," it would be a timely reminder that little we do as physicians can be done in a medical vacuum; virtually every act of our daily practice has ramifications beyond the effort to heal our patients. Perhaps if we had more regard for these ramifications some of the medical-legal and medical-social problems that beset us would not be so troublesome.

Vevaina, Bone, and Kassoff have assembled an impressive array of authors and persuaded them to deal with a wide variety of medical and legal problems in a pithy fashion. None of the