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July 1972

Medical Jurisprudence.

Arch Ophthalmol. 1972;88(1):120. doi:10.1001/archopht.1972.01000030122030

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Although physicians do not need as comprehensive a knowledge of the law as they do of traditional medical subjects, they must become familiar with basic legal concepts and terminology. Perhaps because medicine and law are related in so many ways, books about their mutual association usually suffer from omissions and too narrow a focus.

Medical Jurisprudence has been written by two lawyers "for the practitioner and the student of medicine." The book opens with a brief introduction to "the law" and the adversary trial system. Later chapters deal in large part with specific aspects of medical malpractice. A variety of grounds of professional liability are covered, but it sometimes seems that the authors have forgotten that their intended audience is not a group of law students. The discussions of negligence, liability for the acts of others, and defenses are well-written and merit careful reading.

Malpractice prevention is discussed by reference

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