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Mishap or Malpractice?

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By Hawkins Clifford. . 316 pages. Blackwell Scientific Publications; , Oxford: 1985.. $14.50 (paperback).

Ann Intern Med. 1986;105(1):156-157. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-105-1-156_2
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At a time when yet another professional liability crisis is rearing its ugly head in America, it is instructive to examine how the mother country of our judiciary system has coped with this thorny problem down through the years. Great Britain's principal organization for defending physicians and dentists is the Medical Defence Union. The Medical Defence Union was founded in 1885 by the laity to defend physicians and dentists against unfair legal accusations.

The heart of this book is devoted to an elaboration of the ways in which the Medical Defence Union has fulfilled its principal charge over the past


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