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September 20, 1902


JAMA. 1902;XXXIX(12):705. doi:10.1001/jama.1902.02480380041008

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A British dentist had to defend a suit for malpractice which was based on, or rather incited by, his publication of a case presenting features of interest to his profession. The patient's attention was called to the publication and she interpreted it as a confession of bad management of her case, hence the suit. At the trial it was conclusively proved that the accident was not due to any want of care or skill, and the prosecution failed, but the instance is a suggestive one. Physicians are often blamed for not publishing their failures and their accidents, and it is generally assumed that their reason for this is the dislike to say anything that might reflect on their skill. If such publication is even remotely liable to involve them in malpractice suits they have a still better reason. It will be unfortunate, however, if such a cause should prevent the

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