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Vol 21 No 9 Sept/Oct 2016

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Pathology and Law: A Practical Guide for the Pathologist

ISBN13: 9780387200354
ISBN: 0387200355
Published: December 2003
Publisher: Springer-Verlag
Country of Publication: USA
Format: Paperback
Price: £73.00

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Almost all pathologists face legal issues when dealing with the specimens they work with on a day-to-day basis, whether it involves quality control and assurance in handling the specimens, facing the possibility of malpractice suits, or serving as an expert witness in a trial. Written in an easy to read, conversational tone, with a dose of good humor, this book fills the need for a handbook that discusses the full spectrum of legal issues that many pathologists face, written from a pathologist's point of view. Organized in 12 user-friendly chapters, the book begins with a comparison of Law and Medicine and explains the basics of the American Legal System. It continues with discussions of the impact of law on the practice of pathology, including such topics as specimens with potential legal implications, the controversy of saving organs for teaching, procuring and saving specimens for toxicology testing and DNA confirmation in identity testing. A must-have section on malpractice suits covers reasons why patients sue, what to do if sued, and reducing the chance of being sued. The author addresses expert witness testimony, including how to be an expert witness, conflicts of interest,

Introduction; Theory and Operation of the American Legal System; Impact of Law on Pathology Practice - Everyday Occurrences; Impact of Law on Practice of Pathology - Malpractice; Expert Witness Testimony; Natural History of a Legal Suit; Quality Assurance and Record Keeping; When Time Comes to be an Activist: Interacting with the Legislature; Legal Implications for the Information Age; Glossary of Legal Terms; Index.