Medicine: The Urge to Sue

It was almost midnight as a Denver attorney and two physicians drove home from an outdoor concert in nearby Red Rocks Park. Suddenly, the car's headlights flashed across a hole in the earth at the edge of the road, and the lawyer blinked with astonishment. From the dark hole protruded the legs of a woman. "That woman needs help," he cried, stopping the car. "Drive on," urged the doctors. "We can't afford to get mixed up in this and then get sued for malpractice later." They drove on.

More and more U.S. doctors are...

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