Duquesne Law Review


In the past decade, the bar, and especially the trial bar, has become keenly aware of the problems relating to the professional liability of medical doctors, osteopaths, and other practitioners of the healing arts. The number of medical malpractice suits, particularly against surgeons, has multiplied during that period of time. The verdicts in medical malpractice actions and the settlements arising out of such actions have been headlined in the newspapers in various parts of the country. While the law of medical malpractice has been developing into something of a specialty among some members of the trial bar, and while the bar generally has developed a familiarity with the problems relating to medical malpractice, little attention has been given its counterpart in the legal profession-the responsibility of lawyers for professional negligence.

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