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November 1967

The Developing Medicolegal Situation

Arch Otolaryngol. 1967;86(5):479-480. doi:10.1001/archotol.1967.00760050481002

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The august position that the doctor occupied in the social structure not more than a generation ago has undergone rather drastic change. This change is complex and comes from the great changes in mores which are attendant with urbanization, and the impersonal attitude that many people have about their fellow man. Pragmatism has in many respects replaced the warm friendly feelings in the doctor-patient relationship. This has not only occurred in the medical profession but in other professions as well.

A facet of these changes includes new developments in the medicolegal position of the doctor in modern society. The doctor's reaction to this confrontation has been charged in many instances with anxiety, disappointment, and sadness.

Today the doctor must be aware and prepared for lawsuits: some justified and some unjustified. The very purpose of medical insurance is to protect the doctor and his patients in times of settlement for medicolegal

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