Although medical malpractice litigation in the United States has generated extensive professional and scholarly attention, few analyses of the issue have explored its underlying causes.
This essay develops and employs an historical framework to explain the late 20th century phenomenon and concludes that widespread medical malpractice suits are the result of a combination of short-term topical causes and long-term cultural changes that are ignored or left untouched by most reform efforts.
Most importantly, however, the development and proliferation of new and improved medical technologies has played a pivotal role throughout the entire history of the litigation, an effect that has become most prominent and important in the last third of the 20th century.
Mots-clés Pascal : Faute professionnelle, Médecin, Personnel sanitaire, Siècle 20eme, Etats Unis, Amérique du Nord, Amérique, Progrès technique, Milieu culturel, Législation, Homme, Article synthèse
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Malpractice, Physician, Health staff, Century 20th, United States, North America, America, Technical progress, Cultural environment, Legislation, Human, Review
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