A Practical Guide to Medicine and the Law

  • J. P. Jackson

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xviii
  2. The Writing of Reports and Related Problems

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. J. P. Jackson
      Pages 3-10
    3. J. P. Jackson
      Pages 11-18
    4. R. N. Palmer
      Pages 19-41
  3. The Most Contentious Problems in the High-Risk Specialties

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 43-43
    2. A. R. Aitkenhead
      Pages 45-75
    3. N. Keddie
      Pages 77-94
    4. K. V. Sanderson
      Pages 95-114
    5. K. P. Gibbin
      Pages 115-135
    6. R. B. Godwin-Austen
      Pages 137-155
    7. J. Punt
      Pages 157-162
    8. E. M. Symonds
      Pages 163-170
    9. J. P. Jackson
      Pages 171-188
    10. J. H. S. Scott
      Pages 189-197
    11. D. Hull
      Pages 199-216
    12. G. L. Harrison
      Pages 217-238
  4. Legal Advice for Doctors Involved with Medico-legal Problems

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 239-239
    2. G. C. Reed
      Pages 241-256
    3. R. Maxwell
      Pages 257-276
    4. B. Knight
      Pages 277-288
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 289-296

About this book


Legal action involving doctors, either as defendants or expert witnesses, has greatly increased over the past decade and few can now remain aloof from this aspect of their profession. Written by doctors (including five Council Members of the Medical Defence Union of Great Britain) and lawyers, this practical guide offers clear and comprehensive advice to all concerned. Part I discusses how to write medical reports, especially when consent is required or confidential information is involved. Part II covers contentious issues in various clinical specialties which repeatedly arise in litigation; well-known examples are cases involving whiplash injuries or perinatal brain damage. In Part III lawyers discuss the medico-legal problems of the solicitor's role, court testimony and medical negligence. This book is a valuable reference to all members of the medical profession. Lawyers, officials and others outside the medical profession who come into contact with medical litigation but have limited medical knowledge will find much helpful information.


Legal and Insurance Medicine Medizin/Recht Psychiatrics Surgery brain dermatology general surgery gynecology medicine neurology neurosurgery pediatrics psychiatry

Editors and affiliations

  • J. P. Jackson
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.University of NottinghamNewark, NottinghamshireUK
  2. 2.Harlow Wood Orthopaedic HospitalNewark, NottinghamshireUK

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