Les médecins et les malades face au droit

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Doctors, Patients, and the Law The author discusses the historical evolution of the doctor-patient relationship, showing how progress in science has played a role in limiting the prestige and power of the medical profession. One part is devoted to the emergence of law in the doctor-patient relation. It points out how recognition of the doctor’s responsibility has increased parallel to the affirmation of the patient’s rights. A second part is devoted to the analysis of changes in the doctor-patient relation due to law, commercial law in particular. The author concludes with a discussion of the issues, notably financial, which these transformations will raise for future medical policy.

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