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Malpractice and Medical Liability

European State of the Art and Guidelines

Editors: Ferrara, Santo Davide, Boscolo-Berto, Rafael, Viel, Guido (Eds.)

  • Provides consensus guidelines on methods of ascertainment as well as evaluation criteria in medical responsibility and liability by the International Working Group of the European Academy of Legal Medicine (EALM)
  • Provides a comparative overview about legislation and jurisdiction in 11 different European countries
  • Clarifies the steps required for a sequential, in-depth analysis of events and the consequences of medical actions
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About this book

Medical responsibility lawsuits have become a fact of life in every physician’s medical practice. However, there is evidence that physicians are increasingly practising defensive medicine, ordering more tests than may be necessary and avoiding patients with complicated conditions. The modern practice of medicine is increasingly complicated by factors beyond the traditional realm of patient care, including novel technologies, loss of physician autonomy, and economic pressures. A continuing and significant issue affecting physicians and the healthcare system is malpractice. In the latter half of the 20th century, there was a major change in the attitude of the public towards the medical profession. People were made aware of the huge advances in medical technology, because health problems increasingly tended to attract media interest and wide publicity. Medicine is a victim of its own success in this respect, and people are now led to expect the latest techniques and perfect outcomes on all occasions. This burst of technology and hyper-specialization in many fields of medicine means that each malpractice claim is transformed into a scientific challenge, requiring specific preparation in analysis and judgment of the clinical case in question. The role of legal medicine becomes more and more peculiar in this judicial setting, often giving rise to erroneous interpretations and hasty scientific verdicts, but guidelines on the methodology of ascertainments and criteria of evaluation are lacking all over the world.The aim of this volume is to clarify the steps required for sequential in-depth analysis of events and consequences of medical actions, in order to verify whether, in the presence of damage, errors or non-observance of rules of conduct by health personnel exist, and which causal values and links of their hypothetical misconduct are involved.​  

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The editors and authors are leading individuals in the field of legal medicine and represent the European and International Academies of Legal Medicine.

Table of contents (15 chapters)

  • Present and Future Perspectives for Medical Malpractice, Responsibility, and Liability

    Ferrara, S. Davide (et al.)

    Pages 3-10

  • Historical Overview of Medical Liability

    Rippa Bonati, Maurizio (et al.)

    Pages 13-49

  • Praxis et Mala-Praxis Medica

    Cacciavillani, Ivone

    Pages 51-66

  • European Legislative and Juridical Overview

    Frati, Paola (et al.)

    Pages 69-92

  • Causal Value and Causal Link

    Ferrara, S. Davide

    Pages 93-107

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eBook $189.00
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  • ISBN 978-3-642-35831-9
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Hardcover $239.00
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  • ISBN 978-3-642-35830-2
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover $239.00
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  • ISBN 978-3-642-44241-4
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  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Malpractice and Medical Liability
Book Subtitle
European State of the Art and Guidelines
Editors
  • Santo Davide Ferrara
  • Rafael Boscolo-Berto
  • Guido Viel
Copyright
2013
Publisher
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
eBook ISBN
978-3-642-35831-9
DOI
10.1007/978-3-642-35831-9
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-642-35830-2
Softcover ISBN
978-3-642-44241-4
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXV, 368
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