EVERY week, there are many court decisions that have an impact on the practice of medicine. These decisions are currently reported, in summary, in The Citation, a newsletter published twice a month by the Office of the General Counsel, American Medical Association.
Some of these decisions are of such special importance that they deserve the wider publicity that can be obtained through the pages of The Journal. Trial court decisions, which are of little precedent value and are subject to reversal, are omitted. Selected decisions are usually restricted to those of the highest state or federal court. It should be remembered, however, that a decision by a court in one state is not necessarily controlling elsewhere.
Unrecognized Standard of Care Imposed by Court
Conformity to a well-established standard of medical care accepted around the world did not protect ophthalmologists in the state of Washington from liability for a patient's visual