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July 8, 1983

Law and Ethics in the Medical Office, Including Bioethical Issues

JAMA. 1983;250(2):265-266. doi:10.1001/jama.1983.03340020067041

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This book is really a glossary of medicolegal terms and of various bioethical issues with which the practicing physician is concerned. It is written primarily for those persons who help the physician in various capacities. While it states that it is for those in the medical office, it is really for anyone involved with medical care, whether in hospital, clinic, office, nursing home, or other skilled facilities. It does not attempt to go into depth in any of the areas it discusses, but it does give the reader an overview of the legal system as it operates and the legal problems that confront those providing medical care. It does not pretend to cover its areas fully, but it does admirably briefly define those in which a health care provider would be interested.

Each chapter starts with a group of "learning objectives" and concludes with "discussion questions." Between those two areas