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Does doctor know best? The recent trend in medical negligence

Shuaib, Farid Sufian and Shuaib, Ibrahim Lutfi (2009) Does doctor know best? The recent trend in medical negligence. Biomedical Imaging and Interrvention Journal, 5 (1). pp. 1-3. ISSN 1823-5530

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Presently, the tort system is used to regulate medical negligence litigation in Malaysia. Generally, this system provides for compensation only when a doctor or any other medical personnel assisting in the treatment of a patient is negligent. Previously, in determining whether a doctor was negligent in diagnosis, treatment and advice, the court had shown a deferential attitude towards medical judgment. This is in contrast to the attitude of the court towards other professions such as engineers and architectures where the court does not hesitate in questioning the appropriateness and reasoning of the standard practice adopted by those professionals. However, this deferential attitude which is encapsulated in the phrase “a doctor knows best” is slowly dissipating. This article will look at this development of the law by highlighting selected landmark cases that enumerate this change in court’s attitude. It is important for radiologists, in Malaysia in particular, to understand the implication in everyday practice.

Item Type: Article (Journal)
Additional Information: 1859/1277
Uncontrolled Keywords: medical care, medical negligence, radiologist
Subjects: K Law > K Law (General)
R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
Kulliyyahs/Centres/Divisions/Institutes (Can select more than one option. Press CONTROL button): Ahmad Ibrahim Kulliyyah of Laws
Depositing User: Ms Zati Atiqah Mohamad Tanuri
Date Deposited: 04 Aug 2011 12:11
Last Modified: 04 Aug 2011 12:11
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/1277

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