This article will not concern itself, per se, with the recently much written about subject of medical professional liability. "The concept of professional liability should never be equated with the concept of incompetence", for the former is a malperformance at a given time, whereas the latter is the lack of ability to perform at all. Those illnesses, whereby a physician is rendered incompetent, that will be treated in the following text with particular attention, are senility, drug addiction, and alcoholism. Once establishing the scope of the problem, a brief examination of the disciplinary measures available within the profession and their effectiveness, will be made. In the way of a conclusion, some of the recommendations that have been espoused will be offered, along with this writer's personal comments. Most of the authority to be relied upon has been obtained from medical journals, personal interviews, and questionnaire surveys.
Peter P. Zawaly Jr.,
Aged or Disabled Physicians,
21 Clev. St. L. Rev.
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