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January 20, 1984

Malpractice: A Guide to the Legal Rights of Patients and Doctors

Author Affiliations

American College of Legal Medicine Elkins Park, Pa

JAMA. 1984;251(3):405-406. doi:10.1001/jama.1984.03340270079041

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Dr Flaster states in his dedication that it is his hope that his book "may bring about better mutual understanding and benefit both parties." I doubt that this objective will be obtained. While most of the observations made are true, and while those who read the book will agree with the author that he has adequately described the reasons for the increasing number of lawsuits by patients against medical care providers, no patient will be dissuaded from pursuing an action, nor will a physician change his methods of practice or his relationships with his patients. The reasons why patients sue and the author's emphasis on the patientdoctor relationship are not without proper foundation. The patient who reads the book will say, "See, I told you so." The physician will agree with its comments, but generally will deny that he falls into any but the most favorable category of practicing physicians.