The "Cloak of Protection encompassing the physician in the practice of his profession" is no longer to be taken for granted. Recent decisions in Alaska, California, Louisiana, Oregon, and Wisconsin have swept aside the traditional limitations in the use of the res ipsa loquitur doctrine. They impose all but strict liability upon the medical profession for mistakes occurring during treatment or surgery.
Rudolf F. Binder, Res Ipsa Loquitur in Medical Malpractice, 17 Clev.-Marshall L. Rev. 218 (1968)