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Errors, Medicine and the Law

BMJ 2002; 324 doi: (Published 02 February 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;324:304
  1. Neville W Goodman, consultant anaesthetist
  1. Southmead Hospital, Bristol

    Alan Merry, Alexander McCall Smith

    Cambridge University Press, £17.95, pp 296

    ISBN 0 521 00088 2

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    The present state of medicolegal matters offends for many reasons and at many levels. Not least it offends the ethical principle of distributive justice: it is a way for a few to take resources from the many. Australian judges may be becoming more “patient centred” (BMJ 2002;324:39-41) and finding in favour of patients not told of small risks, but move much more in that direction and the United States beckons. There are large swathes of the US with no obstetricians because they …

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