Problems relating to the legal standard of care to be imposed upon members of the medical profession have aroused increasing interest in recent years. Particularly difficult to define is the legal obligation on the part of the doctor growing out of the intimate relationship between a psychiatrist and his patient. In this article the author critically analyzes the rather sparse case law dealing with this variation of the physician-patient relation and sets down numerous guidelines in this still-developing area of the law.
Donald J. Dawidoff,
The Malpractice of Psychiatrists,
1966 Duke Law Journal
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