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Like many topics thrust into the national spotlight through politics or a media frenzy, the crisis surrounding medical malpractice has become larger than life. There is no doubt the medical malpractice system is broken. There is no question that it needs to be fixed. But there's also no consensus on how to fix it -- and this may be the true crisis.
 
 
 

WRITTEN BY LISA PEPER
ILLUSTRATION BY DAVE CUTLER

THE CONCEPT OF MEDICAL MALPRACTICE and a doctor's legal duty to perform up to a professional standard is hardly a recent phenomenon. Even in ancient Rome doctors were held responsible for negligent treatment. Vanderbilt, and eventually to his current role as director of the Vanderbilt Center for Patient and Professional Advocacy.

"There is a considerable body of Roman case law on the wrongful infliction of harm," said Thomas A. J. McGinn, Ph.D., associate professor of Classics at Vanderbilt and an expert in Roman law. continued..

 
 
 

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