Law and Medicine

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3 Credit Hours

Prerequisites: RCC*. Subjects examined include medical education; medical licensing; establishing and terminating the doctor-patient relationship; medical records (access and confidentiality); health care as a regulated industry; legal obligations of hospitals; the legal bases of public health policies (e.g., quarantine, vaccination); liability of health care professionals to patients (contract, intentional torts, negligence, lack of informed consent); defenses; damages; insurance; expert witnesses; special problems of medical proof; psychiatric malpractice; special problems in medical treatment of minors; drugs and the law (e.g., malpractice in prescribing, dispensing, product liability); special problems raised by modern medical technology (e.g., in birth, death and dying, transplants, human experimentation).

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