Law: The Malpractice Blues

Physicians and attorneys battle over who is to blame

With the sort of single voice that is rarely heard in their contentious profession, representatives of the nation's lawyers last week put themselves on a collision course with the nation's doctors. The issue is medical malpractice, and that is about all that the combatants agree on. Convinced of their diagnosis that crippling malpractice insurance rates have been caused by a malignant surge of lawsuits, physicians prescribe legislative relief, and lots of it. Lawyers hold to their brief that doctors, like manufacturers or architects, should be liable for mistakes. Making its position unequivocally clear, the American Bar Association voted unanimously at its...

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