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Medico-legal Practice

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ISBN13: 9780750612388
ISBN: 075061238X
Published: August 1992
Publisher: Elsevier Butterworth Heinemann
Format: paperback (C format)
Price: £61.99

Recent years have seen a change with regard to legal action taken against members of the medical profession and observers believe that this points to a movement towards a more North American system. This involves more doctors in aspects of litigation either as expert witnesses or in defending their actions. The ""Handbook of Medico-Legal Practice"" gives a succinct set of guidelines on all relevant areas of medicine and the law, with special emphasis on orthopaedic surgery and obstetrics and gynaecology.

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Part 1 General considerations: the medicolegal report - general considerations, the consultation, the written report; court work - the ""con"", ""the hearing""; the lawyer's view - duty of care, standard of skill and care, breach of duty, proof of medical negligence, damages, the role of the expert.
Part 2 Medical negligence: general principles - the history of medicolegal negligence/malpractice, causes of complaints and actions against doctors, doctor as defendent, the doctor as the expert witness in cases of medical malpractice; general practice - confidentiality and disclosure of information, medical reports, negligence, complaints to family practitioner committees/health boards, records, prescriptions and certification, the General Medical Council; general surgery - delays in diagnosis, complications of investigations, operative complications, post-operative claims, post-operative complications; obstetrics and gynaecology - obstetric claims, gynaecological claims, conclusion and recommendations; hand surgery - communication with the patient, missedor delayed diagnosis, poor management, inappropriate delegation, complications of surgery, post-operative complications; orthopaedics - allegations, missed or delayed diagnosis, consent to treatment, negligence in treatment; plastic and reconstruction surgery - trauma, major reconstruction, aesthetic or cosmetic surgery, medical reports and evidence; anaesthetics - nightmares, reality, sweet dreams.