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German doctors face new liabilities

BMJ 1998; 316 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.316.7125.91c (Published 10 January 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;316:91
  1. Helmut L Karcher
  1. Munich

    The German federal constitution court (Bundesverfassungsgericht) has ruled that doctors could be liable if a child is born after an unsuccessful sterilisation operation or with deformities because of a false diagnosis in genetic counselling.

    The ruling followed appeals by two doctors. One had performed a vasectomy on a patient who fathered a child in 1984. …

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