Medical Malpractice: A Physician's Sourcebook / Edition 1

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Overview

A comprehensive presentation of the origin, nature, and ramifications of the medical malpractice litigation crisis, as well as possible solutions and alternatives to the current troubled system. The authors focus on the clinical face of litigation from the perspective of the practicing physician in a variety of specialties, ranging from family and emergency medicine to anesthesiology, obstetrics, gynecology, and plastic surgery. Special consideration is given to breast cancer and Pap smear litigation, risk management for the family physician, the emerging significance of e-medicine, and the importance of effective patient communication. Additional legal chapters examine the litigation process itself, offering insight into winning medical malpractice lawsuits, the role of the physician as expert witness or defendant, the process of discovery and deposition, and how a plaintiff's attorney views risk reduction. For public policy debate, the authors spell out the case for legal reform, suggest changes in medical-legal jurisprudence that can be of immediate benefit, and reflect on the broader problems of our entire health care system and its interface with law and public policy.

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"...a fascinating book...a definite for those who are interested in litigation." - British Journal of Anesthesiology

"...well written and provides important insights into medical malpractice..." - Practical Gastroenterology

"...a useful book...valuable insights throughout the book..." - JAMA

"...this book is of great interest for all physicians, especially those who work in a hospital or a public health care system." - Forensic Science, Medicine, and Pathology

"It is a good overview from many perspectives in the medical malpractice field. … this book will be very useful for residents and the early years of practice. It will also help any practicing anesthesiologist to get a very good overview of what’s going on with the very alarming increase in medical malpractice cases and awards as well as the attempts at tort reform that have been continuously blocked by the plaintiff’s bar and their supporters in Congress." (Frederic A. Berry, Anesthesia & Analgesia, Vol. 100, 2005)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781588293893
  • Publisher: Springer-Verlag New York, LLC
  • Publication date: 9/28/2004
  • Edition description: 2005
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 301
  • Product dimensions: 9.21 (w) x 6.14 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Insuring the practice of medicine 3
2 What every doctor should know about litigation : a primer on how to win medical malpractice lawsuits 11
3 Risk reduction from a plaintiff attorney's perspective 35
4 The physician as a witness 41
5 The judicial process : discovery and deposition 53
6 Communication and patient safety 65
7 E-medicine in the physician's office 75
8 Risk management for the family physician 89
9 Emergency medicine 101
10 Anesthesiology 115
11 Malpractice and medical practice : obstetrics and gynecology 139
12 Breast cancer litigation 153
13 Pap smear litigation 167
14 Medical liability in plastic and reconstructive surgery 181
15 The case for legal reform 201
16 Health policy review : medical malpractice 227
17 New directions in medical liability reform 247
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