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January 1986

Defendant: A Psychiatrist on Trial for Medical Malpractice

Arch Ophthalmol. 1986;104(1):26. doi:10.1001/archopht.1986.01050130036011

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How about the following statistic: half of the physicians in Illinois have been sued! Can it really be true, as asserted by some lawyers and legislators, that "there are no bad malpractice laws; there are only bad doctors"? Not likely!

See also p 42.

This chilling autobiographical account by a Chicago psychiatrist and her husband chronicles Dr Sara Charles' personal ordeal after inappropriately being accused of medical malpractice. As such, Dr Charles fell victim to the epidemic of malpractice suits that has infected modern American society. Unlike most of our sued colleagues, however, who suffer in silence and who sometimes never recover emotionally from the trauma, Dr Charles publicly shares her fears and insights with us in a thoroughly useful way. This depressing but eloquently written book reads like a fictional mystery. As in many successful horror stories, the inexorability of events captures the reader within the first few pages.

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