Robin L. Kaplan, MD
To the Editors: Dr. Spritz provides an excellent summary and analysis of the Libby Zion case (1), and his separate analysis of the charges against the resident and the intern were most informative. However, I believe a few comments are appropriate.
The first charge against the resident was that his diagnosis of "hysterical symptoms" was grossly negligent. It is well to note that the experts testifying on behalf of the resident and the state felt that the diagnosis may well have been a correct assessment of the patient's agitation. However, correctness alone should not be relied on as a sufficient
Kaplan RL. The Libby Zion Case. Ann Intern Med. ;115:985–986. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-115-12-985_2
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1991;115(12):985-986.
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