Harvey Rubin, MD, PhD
To the Editor: The nature of the physician-patient relationship reflects the evolving technical and social environments in which medicine is practiced. Just as persons who wish to influence the direction of technology and society are locked in continuous debate, so too are the parties who wish to influence the nature of the doctor-patient relationship. In one sense, the controversy centers on whether the relationship should be interpreted as contractual or as one of tort.
In his article (1) in the 1 August issue, Green states that, "physicians and patients should assume responsibility for their roles in a historic transition from
Rubin H. Tort, Contract, and the Patient-Physician Relationship. Ann Intern Med. 1988;109:929–930. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-109-11-929_2
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1988;109(11):929-930.
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