Randall R. Bovbjerg, JD
Physicians and attorneys often can barely converse about malpractice topics. Why cannot doctors and lawyers see eye to eye? Differences in professional selfinterest naturally loom large, but unshared misperceptions play a role as well. The article by Taragin and colleagues (1) in this issue of Annals should help to dispel some misperceptions. This editorial reviews the main folklore and the main real problems; discusses reforms for the short, medium, and long terms; and makes suggestions for the future.
Medical myth holds that malpractice law lacks any redeeming social value. Legal myth suggests that law is
Bovbjerg RR. Medical Malpractice: Folklore, Facts, and the Future. Ann Intern Med. ;117:788–791. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-117-9-788
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1992;117(9):788-791.
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