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August 1961


Arch Dermatol. 1961;84(2):331-335. doi:10.1001/archderm.1961.01580140155026

Abstract of a Report on the Medicolegal Aspects of Testing for Penicillin Sensitivity. Presented by Dr. Alexander A. Fisher.  Information recently obtained from several malpractice insurance carriers in New York has revealed that an increasing number of physicians have had malpractice suits instituted against them because of severe reactions or deaths following the administration of penicillin.The Medicolegal Digest of May, 1960, Vol. 1, No. 1, carries the following statement: "Liability for ill effects caused by penicillin allergy has been imposed in recent months by courts in several states against physicians who failed to determine whether their patients were allergic before administering penicillin. According to a recent report in The Journal of the American Medical Association, the standard procedure now is to give penicillin skin tests if, after inquiry, the patient is suspected of possible allergy."Several articles have appeared in The Journal of the American Medical Association which have

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