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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Nicholas Greco IV, MS, BCETS, CATSM (Columbia College of Missouri)
Description: This is a timely exploration into the often stressing reality of litigation in medicine and the effects on physicians. The book provides a resource for physicians to turn to when they are forced to enter unfamiliar territory.
Purpose: The purpose is to be a resource for physicians facing litigation and to explore the human reactions to adverse events, the lawsuits which may follow, the emotional and legal demands, and practical and supportive advice on how physicians can maintain professional and personal integrity. Considering today's legal arena, this book meets its objectives and is very timely.
Audience: Intended for physicians, this book may also be useful to other professionals who may be affected by lawsuits such as psychologists, nurses, etc. There may also be benefit to providing this type of training in medical school, not as a warning, but as a primer. The authors are well-versed in their respective fields — law and medicine.
Features: The book is the ultimate resource and a guiding hand for those facing litigation. True standouts are the appendixes which give excellent case histories and present a diary of a physician who was involved in a lawsuit. The exploration of law and the ever-important discussion of human emotion throughout the book are important. The book is a step-by-step primer for the physician to become acquainted with unfamiliar territory.
Assessment: Well-written, easy-to-follow, and a rather unique addition to the medical legal field. Highly recommended!