Soundings

Malpractice reform

BMJ 1995; 311 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.311.6999.267 (Published 22 July 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;311:267
  1. George Dunea

    It is now over 20 years since I first wrote about the medical malpractice crisis. Since that time many forests have been cut down and turned into ponderous legal briefs. Once struggling attorneys have built themselves sumptuous offices and vacation homes. Nurses, burnt out from lifting heavy patients, have started life over as paralegal assistants; and some doctors have sold themselves as so called expert witnesses to legal firms. Many of their colleagues meanwhile have suffered untold anguish and expense defending themselves against frivolous lawsuits. In one of the three cases brought against me in that period I had never even treated the plaintiff. Another suit was by an alcoholic claiming that his …

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