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Friday, August 17, 2012

Early tort reform

From Atul Gawande's piece on Big Med in the new New Yorker:

In the eighteenth century B.C., Hammurabi’s code instructed that a surgeon be paid ten shekels of silver every time he performed a procedure for a patrician—opening an abscess or treating a cataract with his bronze lancet. It also instructed that if the patient should die or lose an eye, the surgeon’s hands be cut off. Apparently, the Mesopotamian surgeons’ lobby got this results clause dropped.

Kind of makes sitting for a deposition seem tolerable.

Posted by Howard Wasserman on August 17, 2012 at 08:49 PM in Current Affairs, Howard Wasserman | Permalink

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The Hawkins v McGee court found a middle ground.

Posted by: ExpressO Drinker | Aug 18, 2012 12:58:18 AM

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