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Beresford's first section in this monograph is a brief description of the law, including courts, lawyers, and how they proceed, in general. It is interesting but sketchy, and I suspect provides the neurologist with that dangerous "smattering of ignorance" that so often misleads. Neurologists, as Beresford says, "enjoy a relatively privileged position" as far as malpractice insurance premiums and risks are concerned. Consequently there is not much he has to say about neurologists as defendants. We become liable for misdiagnosis and mistakes in treatment at times, as he illustrates anecdotally with a few instances where the decision went either way.
Legal Aspects of Neurologic Practice.. Ann Intern Med. ;85:145. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-85-1-145_1
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1976;85(1):145.
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