A Measure of Malpractice: Medical Injury, Malpractice Litigation, and Patient Compensation

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Editorial Reviews

Annals of Internal Medicine

Undoubtedly this decade's most important book about medical negligence, A Measure of Malpractice provides a welcome antidote to the mythology and disinformation that has permeated most policy debate on the subject. This terse report, dense in data but not in style, summarizes in surprising detail the monumental work of the Harvard Medical Practice Study—distilling into one slender book the observations and analysis reported in fuller but more fragmentary form in various earlier publications. It should be required reading for every participant in the health care reform effort.
— Thomas A. Parrino

International Journal of the Sociology of Law

This is a remarkable piece of research which ought to be picked up by anyone with an interest in tort and its effectiveness as a remedy for personal injuries. In cutting through so much of the hyperbole around medical negligence litigation, it might also provoke us to explore further the neglected question of the origins and nature of this moral panic.
— Robert Dingwall

Annals of Internal Medicine - Thomas A. Parrino
Undoubtedly this decade's most important book about medical negligence, A Measure of Malpractice provides a welcome antidote to the mythology and disinformation that has permeated most policy debate on the subject. This terse report, dense in data but not in style, summarizes in surprising detail the monumental work of the Harvard Medical Practice Study--distilling into one slender book the observations and analysis reported in fuller but more fragmentary form in various earlier publications. It should be required reading for every participant in the health care reform effort.
International Journal of the Sociology of Law - Robert Dingwall
This is a remarkable piece of research which ought to be picked up by anyone with an interest in tort and its effectiveness as a remedy for personal injuries. In cutting through so much of the hyperbole around medical negligence litigation, it might also provoke us to explore further the neglected question of the origins and nature of this moral panic.
Annals of Internal Medicine
Undoubtedly this decade's most important book about medical negligence, A Measure of Malpractice provides a welcome antidote to the mythology and disinformation that has permeated most policy debate on the subject. This terse report, dense in data but not in style, summarizes in surprising detail the monumental work of the Harvard Medical Practice Study--distilling into one slender book the observations and analysis reported in fuller but more fragmentary form in various earlier publications. It should be required reading for every participant in the health care reform effort.
— Thomas A. Parrino
International Journal of the Sociology of Law
This is a remarkable piece of research which ought to be picked up by anyone with an interest in tort and its effectiveness as a remedy for personal injuries. In cutting through so much of the hyperbole around medical negligence litigation, it might also provoke us to explore further the neglected question of the origins and nature of this moral panic.
— Robert Dingwall
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780674558809
  • Publisher: Harvard University Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/1993
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 178
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.28 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Paul Weiler is the Henry J. Friendly Professor of Law at Harvard University.

Joseph P. Newhouse is the John D. MacArthur Professor of Health Policy and Management, Harvard University.

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Table of Contents

Preface
1 The Malpractice Setting 1
2 The Policy Debate about Medical Malpractice 13
3 The Epidemiology of Medical Injury 33
4 Patient Injury and Malpractice Litigation 61
5 Patient Losses and Compensation 77
6 Malpractice Litigation and Injury Prevention 111
7 Ruminations for the Future 135
Notes 155
Index 177
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