Medicine: Berlin's Victory

An Illinois doctor last week won the most significant victory yet in the medical profession's counterattack on harassing malpractice suits. In Chicago, a circuit court jury awarded Radiologist Leonard Berlin $8,000 in his countersuit against a patient who had named him in a $250,000 malpractice suit.

The patient, Harriett Nathan, had come to the suburban Skokie Valley Community Hospital in October 1973 for treatment of a finger that she had injured while playing tennis. An X ray, taken under Dr. Berlin's supervision, failed to disclose a small fracture that was later located by...