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February 1941

A Treatise on Medicolegal Ophthalmology.

Arch Ophthalmol. 1941;25(2):378-379. doi:10.1001/archopht.1941.00870080202025

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The aim of this book, as presented in a well defined introduction, is to call attention to the scientific importance of medical jurisprudence, a subject not taught at present in medical schools. It also presents a much needed method by which in most legal cases, according to the author, the amount of loss of vision may be accurately determined on a percentage basis.

In the first chapters the author ably discusses the duties and rights of a medical witness and the physician's privileges as to professional secrecy and gives valuable information as to how the physician may avoid suits for malpractice.

This is followed by a brief history of the compensation laws in Europe as well as in the United States, with special reference to the state and federal laws relating to injuries of the eye. Various methods for evaluating visual disabilities which have been proposed in Europe and in

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