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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Werner A. Reis, MD, JD (Warshafsky Law Firm)
Description: This well written and informative text presents easy reading for any professional. The information is useful, but in seeking to "provide optimal health care delivery" and to "minimize exposure to health care malpractice," the book falls short. It refers to minimal standards of care, but offers no specific examples. Readers are left to determine these standards.
Purpose: This book provides a general overview of legal terms of interest to any professional.
Audience: It is not targeted to a specific subsector of the healthcare field, but given the author's background, many examples deal with physical therapists, especially as independent healthcare providers.
Features: The table of contents is excellent; concepts and terms of interest are easy to find. The overall organization is logical and useful. The section on intentional torts is particularly useful. The section on negligence is somewhat weak, and this is the area of most interest to healthcare providers. Illustrative real cases would be most useful in teaching avoidance techniques. Greater discussion of the formal peer review process, pointing out which parts are privileged would be useful. Another area that needs emphasis is the relationship of hospitals to in-house services. "Apparent agency" frequently dictates the choice of defendants.
Assessment: This book measures up well as an example of general "malpractice information." As an introductory primer, it has served its function. However, the author lacks detailed expertise in the field of medical malpractice. As such, his writings do not reflect the insights or teaching examples that would be available from the files of an attorney specializing in medical malpractice litigation.