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August 7, 1909

A Postmortem After a Malpractice Suit

JAMA. 1909;LIII(6):470. doi:10.1001/jama.1909.02550060046013

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To the Editor:  —In the proceedings of the American Academy of Medicine, as published in The Journal, July 17, Dr. James A. Spalding, of Portland, Me., reported the case of a malpractice suit in which subsequently a postmortem examination was made, and he asks for information if other such postmortems have been held.Some thirty years ago a suit for malpractice was brought in Belmont county, O., the charge being that the attending physician had failed to recognize and reduce a dislocation of the hip. The plaintiff, some months after the accident, came to Columbus and was examined by two of the most prominent surgeons of this city who made a diagnosis of dislocation and attempted to reduce it by pulleys (this being the only time I have ever seen pulleys used). I was the "cub" and gave the anesthetic, but made no examination of the case. Their efforts being

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