Ear, Nose and Throat

  • K. P. Gibbin


Consideration of medico-legal problems in otolaryngology should encompass discussion of cases referred for medical opinion following illness or injury as well as those instances where a patient seeks litigation against a surgeon as a result of perceived negligence or other act. It is in these latter instances that any doctor feels at his or her most vulnerable; the question of informed consent then becomes of paramount importance and a section of this chapter will be devoted to an otolaryngologist’s view of this question in the light of present day practice and foreseeable developments. It is inevitable that there may be differences of opinion on certain aspects of medical management between individual doctors and this is as true in otolaryngology as in other disciplines. Nonetheless, it should be possible to agree many broad principles across a wide cross-section of doctors in any one specialty.


Hearing Loss Facial Nerve Noise Exposure Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo Acoustic Neuroma 
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