Medicine Volume 8

Medicine Volume 8

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1902 edition. Excerpt: ...of the urinary organs are suspected will often make a diagnosis possible in doubtful cases. The absence of symptoms pointing to involvement of the kidneys is not sufficient, as symptoms of urinary disturbance in infancy are rarely characteristic; the urine should be examined as a routine procedure. It is the rarity of these examinations that has led to the belief that diseases of the urinary organs are uncommon in infancy. FORENSIC MEDICINE. Privileged Communications Cheever, D. W. Boston Medical and Surgical Journal, vol. cxlvi, No. 12, p. 304, March 20, 1902. The writer has some suggestions to offer in relation to the vexed question of privileged medical communications. On the one hand, the law as it stands in Massachusetts affords no protection to the physician, holding that he must reveal all secrets imparted to him. The New York law, which excludes all statement by the physician of what he may have learned in the progress of a case, has worked considerable hardship in the administration of the law. Not only have physicians been unable to protect themselves from charges of malpractice, but suits have been unquestionably instituted and maintained because of the fact that valuable evidence was in this way suppressed. The writer proposes that the law should recognize the rights of the patients, the duties of the medical man, and also justice to the community. The statute of New York should be modified in so far as it should be considered unprofessional for a physician to divulge anything concerning a patient unless (1) with the patient's consent; (2) to defend himself when accused; (3) to expose crime; (4) in all other cases such professional confidences shall be classed as privileged communications. It shall be left to the physician more

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  • Paperback | 430 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 22mm | 762g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236842731
  • 9781236842732