Lege Artis Medicinae

[Certain issues of medical liability]

BÖLCS Ágnes1, NAGY Mariann1, PORDÁN Endre1

MAY 29, 1991

Lege Artis Medicinae - 1991;1(09-10)

[The detailed elaboration of the liability system is one of the most lively areas of Western European and especially American legal literature and practice, but in Hungary the foundations of differentiated legal regulation have not been elaborated. A lawyer outside the field of health care is unable to assess the limits of professional competence and the risks of medical activity, so we would like to publish legal aspects of this issue in the preparation of the new legislation, so that representatives of the specialised fields can help us to work out the liability provisions. ]

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