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Damages: One Family's Legal Struggles in the World of Medicine
     

Damages: One Family's Legal Struggles in the World of Medicine

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by Barry Werth
 
"Damages" is a riveting true story of one negligence suit, pitting doctors against lawyers in the medical malpractice case of a profoundly handicapped child--and exposing the pain and courage of a family swept up in both. A fascinating exploration of what happens when the legal and medical worlds collide. 384 pp. National ads. National author publicity.

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"Damages" is a riveting true story of one negligence suit, pitting doctors against lawyers in the medical malpractice case of a profoundly handicapped child--and exposing the pain and courage of a family swept up in both. A fascinating exploration of what happens when the legal and medical worlds collide. 384 pp. National ads. National author publicity.

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New England Journal of Medicine
For readers steeped in the literature of medical malpractice, this excellent, well-written book takes a novel, insightful, and humane approach....Unlike so many works on the subject of medicine and the law, this book neither exalts nor demonizes the lawyers and physicians who were cast as opponents by circumstances and events.
Journal of the American Medical Association
This is a great book and not just for doctors and lawyers. Anyone who enjoyed Jonathan Harr's A Civil Action will enjoy Damages. I was left wondering what sort of system could be devised that would serve the needs of parents faced with catastrophic loss, prevent substandard care, and protect doctors who are unjustly sued.
Library Journal
Werth (The Billion Dollar Molecule, LJ 2/1/94) integrates the story of one family's travails after the birth of a profoundly disabled son with an unbiased view of medical and legal issues. Werth reviewed files and interviewed most of the people involved in the medical malpractice case brought by the parents of Tony John Sabio. This meticulous, even-handed approach results in a book that is both an engrossing look at the experiences of one family and a serious glimpse into the American medical malpractice industry. It also touches on the serious question of whether, given the competing interests involved, a medical malpractice suit can be an effective tool to discover the truth or achieve justice. This is the book that Jonathan Harr's A Civil Action (LJ 9/15/95) aspired to be but was not because Harr did not put that particular lawsuit into the larger context. Recommended for any library where medical and/or legal true stories are in demand.Suzanne Pierce Dyer, Alameda Cty. Law Lib., Oakland, Cal.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780684807690
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster
Publication date:
02/10/1998
Pages:
374
Product dimensions:
6.45(w) x 9.58(h) x 1.19(d)

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