Errors medicine and the law alan merry alexander mccall smith on amazoncom free shipping on qualifying offers merry and mccall smith question the understandable but often inappropriate tendency to blame individuals for medical errors they point out that the goal of safety is far better served by a sophisticated understanding of the difference between negligence and inevitable error. 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 200232439 41 and . Untoward injuries are unacceptably common in medical treatment at times with tragic consequences for patients the phrases an epidemic of error and the medical toll have been coined to describe this problem of iatrogenic harm which it has been suggested may have contributed to 98000 deaths per year in the us some of these incidents are the result of negligence on the part of doctors . 2 errors medicine and the law tion or legal processes are entirely appropriate but need to be well informed the current standard by which negligence is assessed in the law is that of reasonableness in respect of knowledge skill and care however a great deal depends on the way in which this is tested if the line of questioning focuses on the action many statistically inevitable errors . Errors medicine and the law has 9 ratings and 2 reviews khalid said very well written it breaks down in an understandable manner the psychology and p
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