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Medical Problems and the Law

Blair L. Sadler, JD
JAMA. 1972;219(9):1218. doi:10.1001/jama.1972.03190350054033.
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This easily readable book focuses on personal injury litigation in the United States which, in the words of the author, "has become a big business attracting all types of individuals—most of whom are honest, some of whom are not." It is designed for the physician who will be confronted by a variety of such problems during his practice. As stated by Dr. Brown, the aim of the book is to "describe unethical and dishonest practices in personal injury cases so that they may be recognized and, hopefully, eliminated."

Using a series of cases drawn on actual experience, the book begins with a thorough discussion of the problem of "overtreatment." Continuing with the illustrative case technique, he reviews in detail the steps in preparing a complete medical history and a comprehensive physical examination to improve patient care and to protect the physician. In the chapter entitled "Questionable Testimony in Medical-Legal Examination,"

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