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January 1978

Ophthalmology, the Art, the Law, and a Bit of Science

Arch Ophthalmol. 1978;96(1):169. doi:10.1001/archopht.1978.03910050099026

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This monograph is based on an instruction course, which the senior Dr Bettman gives every year at the American Academy of Ophthalmology. The text is based on personal experience complemented with a great deal of sagacity, perspicacity, and good common sense. The author is one of the most highly regarded ophthalmologists in this country, and he also has the gift of expressing himself lucidly and to the point. The main topics covered are: the malpractice threat, the question of informed consent, and the development and logistics of a malpractice suit. In addition, the author gives the results of his study of cases of alleged malpractice that he collected some years ago and presented as a scientific paper before the Academy; this series covered 208 cases of claims, more than half of which were maloccurrences and less than half of which were cases of actual malpractice.

This book is an excellent

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