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August 29, 1966

The Law in Medical Practice

JAMA. 1966;197(9):735. doi:10.1001/jama.1966.03110090099045

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The first six chapters of this book ran serially in The Journal (volumes 193 and 194 in 1965). Chapter 5, "Medical Evidence in Court," is particularly well written and helpful although the author may be a bit over-enthusiastic in his statement, "The above constitutes all the rules of evidence and rationale for the rules with which a physician need be familiar in order to be comfortable in his role as a witness."

Chapter 7 discusses ethical problems relating to clinical experimentation on humans, care of the terminally ill, antidysthanasia (failure to take positive action to prolong life) and euthanasia (taking positive action to end life). Chapters 8 and 9 consist of a complete transcript for a mock trial relating to low back pain, material which can be very helpful to the program chairman of a joint county medical society-county bar association meeting.

This book should not be confused with The