This book provides insight into some of the problems and pitfalls encountered in current medical practice. It helps lawyers to commission an expert witness to write a medical report and to interpret it, using their greater knowledge and a better understanding of the practice of medicine.
Table of Contents
Preface -- 1. Basic medicine: physiology -- 2. Risk management in general practice -- 3. Emergency medicine -- 4. Intensive care medicine -- 5. General anaesthesia -- 6. Cardiac surgery -- 7. Abdominal surgery -- 8. Oncology -- 9. Gynaecology -- 10. Midwifery and obstetrics -- 11. Paediatrics -- 12. Paediatric surgery -- 13. Orthopaedics -- 14. Neurology -- 15. Psychiatry -- Further reading -- Glossary -- Index.
HM Coroner, Greater London (Southern District);Governor, Expert Witness Institute; formerly Secretary &Medical Director, The Medical Protection Society 1989-1998. Forensic Physician; Police Surgeon, West Yorkshire.
Ideally, this book could be a welcome addition to both law and medical schools. The contributors and editors are highly credible.... Truly a terrific primer for the practicing or newly minted lawyer. Well written, easy to follow, and a solid addition to the field. 4 Stars
Doody's Review Service, USA
... the editors have drawn on the experience of specialty authors who have extensive experience of appearing as expert witnesses, and who have a track record of providing sound advice regarding standards of care within their field... The general medical reader can gain a considerable amount of detail about clinical risks from this text, and I would recommend it to junior doctors in their Foundation training, in order to prepare them for effective clinical practice, whichever field they eventually move into.
For Â£25 this is an exceptionally reasonable book, and I wholeheartedly recommend it to medics and law students/ legal practitioners alike.
A valuable basis for non-medics in a wide range of fields... it would surely be valuable to many legal practitioners, whose work is in medico-legal fields. Also, its utility would extend to academics not trained in medicine who seek a clearer knowledge in order to broaden the contextual foundation of their work...For lawyers, it adds to...digestible descriptions of what medical practitioners should do when presented with difficult situations, some of the practical difficulties that legal practitioners may fail fully to appreciate and rebuttals to some of the misconceptions commonly held by non-medics.
Journal of Medical Ethics