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Regarded as the citable treatise in the field, the 6th Edition of Legal Medicine explores and illustrates the legal implications of medical practice and the special legal issues arising from managed care. Edited by the American College of Legal Medicine Textbook Committee, it features comprehensive discussions on a myriad of legal issues that health care professionals face every day. Substantially expanded and written in a plain manner, this New Edition includes 30 brand-new chapters that address the hottest topics in the field today. Will also serve as the syllabus for the Board Review Course of the American Board of Legal Medicine (ABLM) (March 2004).

• Addresses the legal aspects of almost every medical topic that impacts health care professionals.
• Uses actual case studies to illustrate nuances in the law.
• Discusses current trends in the peer review process · physician-assisted suicide · and managed care organizations.
• Offers the expert guidance of top professionals across medical and legal fields in an easy to read format.
• Includes a glossary of medical terms.

• Features 30 brand-new chapters that address the hottest topics in the field, including health care professional impairment · complementary and alternative medicine · patents, intellectual property and licenses · HIPPA privacy rules · legal aspects of bioterrorism · and many more.
• Includes expanded information on existing chapters, such as Telemedicine and Electronic Mail · Medical and Scientific Expert Testimony · Medical Records and Disclosure About Patients · and Liability Exposure Facing Managed Care Organizations.
• Presents extended coverage in the Professional Medical Liability section, as well as the Forensic Science and Medicine section to include forensic engineering · forensic toxicology · forensic entomology · and forensic odontology.
• And more.

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Editorial Reviews

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Reviewer: Nicholas Greco IV, MS, BCETS, CATSM (Columbia College of Missouri)
Description: This is the sixth edition of the American College of Legal Medicine's book that explores the legal implications of medical practice as well as the special legal issues surrounding managed care. This is a truly exhaustive compendium for medical legal issues.
Purpose: The purpose is to update and substantially expand upon the previous edition from 50 chapters to 75 chapters. The book is successful in providing more knowledge on relevant legal concepts, principles, and rules. These are worthy objectives considering the litigious environment in which we currently live. The book exceeds objectives and is most useful.
Audience: This is an excellent teaching tool and resource for all healthcare providers and attorneys. In addition, this book can easily find a well-deserved home in any medical or law school. The authors are notable and accomplished members of their respective fields.
Features: What is truly standout are the relevant and current topics such as HIPAA privacy rules, the Human Genome Project, physician profile databases, alternative medicine, healthcare professional impairment, ethical and legal issues of life care planning, electronic records, legal issues of neonates, and legal aspects of bioterrorism. Solid references and a great index make this a genuine resource.
Assessment: Plain and simple - this is a great book! It is highly recommended and a terrific addition to the medical and legal issues arena. Put it on your shelf as the premier reference.

4 Stars! from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780323023986
  • Publisher: Elsevier Health Sciences
  • Publication date: 2/28/2004
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 6
  • Pages: 768
  • Product dimensions: 8.70 (w) x 11.10 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Table of Contents

SECTION ONE LEGAL MEDICINE AND HEALTH LAW EDUCATION

1. Legal Medicine: Historical Roots and Current Status
Appendix 1-1 Program of Law and Medicine, S.I.U. School of Medicine
Appendix 1-2 MD-JD Dual Degree Program, S.I.U. Schools of Medicine and Law
Appendix 1-3 Introduction to Health Law
Appendix 1-4 Human Rights and Health
2. Healthcare Provider Contracts
3. Agency
4. Competency and Capacity: A Primer
Appendix 4-1 Some Areas of Law in Which Competency is an Issue
Appendix 4-2 Some General Tests of Competency
5. Antitrust
6. Alternate Dispute Resolution

SECTION TWO MEDICAL LICENSURE, CREDENTIALING, PRIVILEGING AND PROFILING

7. Medical Practice: Education and Licensure
8. Medical Staff Peer Review in the Credentialing and Privileging of Physicians
9. Physician Profile Database
10. Healthcare Professional Impairment

SECTION THREE BUSINESS ASPECTS OF MEDICAL PRACTICE

11. Complementary and Alternative Medicine
12. Practice Organizations and Joint Venture
13. Co-Providers and Institutional Practice
14. Physician as an Employer
15. Health Professional and Regulated Industry: the laws and regulations enforced by the
U.S. Food and Drug Administration
16. Health Insurance and Professional Liability Insurance
17. Risk Management
Appendix 17-1: Top 10 Allegations by Average Cost
Appendix 17-2: Top 10 Allegations by Frequency
Appendix 17-3: All Allegations by Location
18. Patents, Intellectual Property and Licenses
19. Federal Health Information Privacy Requirements

SECTION FOUR MEDICAL LEGAL AND ETHICAL ENCOUNTERS

20. Ethics and Bioethics
21. Access to Medical Care
22. Research and Experimentation
23. The Human Genome Project
24. Fetal Interests
25. Organ Donation and Transplantation
Appendix 25-1: Organs Used in Transplantation
Appendix 25-2: Amended Uniform Anatomical Gift Act of 1987
Appendix 25-3: Organ Transplant Act
26. Life Care Planning: Ethical and Legal Issues
27. The Process of Dying
28. Physician-Assisted Suicide
Appendix 28-1: Physician-Assisted Suicide

SECTION FIVE PROFESSIONAL MEDICAL LIABILITY

29. Medical Malpractice Overview
30. Physician-Patient Relationship
31. Informed Consent to Medical and Surgical Treatment
Appendix 31-1: Overview of States’ Positions on Disclosure Standard
32. Medical Records
33. Electronic Records
34. Medical Testimony and the Expert Witness
35. Liability of Health Care Entities for Negligent Care
36. Liability of Managed Care Organizations
37. Medical Product Liability
38. Electronic Mail Communication with Patients
39. Telemedicine
Appendix 39-1: A Model Telemedicine Act
40. Legal Issues in Newborn Intensive Care
41. Liability of Ophthalmologists
42. Liability of Otolaryngologists
43. Liability of Radiologists
44. Legal Issues of Prehospital Emergency Medical Systems)
45. Malpractice in the Emergency Room
46. Liability of Neurologists
47. Nursing and the Law
48. Dental Litigation: Triad of Concerns
49. Criminalization of Medical Negligence
50. Fraud, Abuse and Crimes by Health Care Providers
51. Countersuits by Health Care Providers

SECTION SIX CARE OF SPECIAL PATIENTS

52. Children as Patients
53. Domestic Violence Patients
54. Geriatric Patients
55. Oncology Patients
56. Brain Injured Patients
57. Patients with HIV Infection and AIDS
58. Pain Management
59. Sports Medicine.
60. Competitive Athletes: Cardiovascular Preparticipation Screening
61. Impairment and Disability in Work-Related Injuries

SECTION SEVEN LEGAL ASPECTS OF PUBLIC HEALTH

62. Occupational Health Law
63. Public Health Law
64. Legal Aspects of Bio-Terrorism

SECTION EIGHT THE FORENSIC SCIENCE AND MEDICINE

65. Forensic Pathology
66. Forensic Engineering
67. Forensic Toxicology
68. Psychiatric Patients and Forensic Psychiatry
69. Criminalistics
Appendix 69-1: Relationships Among Various Steps in the Analysis of Physical Evidence
Appendix 69-2: Examples of Trace and Transfer Evidence
Appendix 69-3: Associative Evidence: Sources and Information
70. Forensic Entomology
71. Forensic Odontology
72. Utilization of Forensic Science in the Civil and Criminal Justice Systems: Forensic Use of Medical Information

SECTION NINE INTERNATIONAL CONTRIBUTIONS

73. Physician Licensing and Disciplining in England and Europe
Appendix 73-1: Registration and Disciplinary Authorities in the EU
74. Privacy
75. Drivers and the Law

GLOSSARY: Selected Health Care and Legal Medicine Terminology

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