Pathology and Law: A Practical Guide for the Pathologist

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Springer Science & Business Media, 2004 M01 9 - 221 pages

Almost all pathologists face legal issues when dealing with the specimens they work with on a day-to-day basis, whether it involves quality control and assurance in handling the specimens, facing the possibility of malpractice suits, or serving as an expert witness in a trial.

Written in an easy to read, conversational tone, with a dose of good humor, this book fills the need for a handbook that discusses the full spectrum of legal issues that many pathologists face, written from a pathologist's point of view. Organized in 12 user-friendly chapters,  the book begins with a comparison of Law and Medicine and explains the basics of the American Legal System. It continues with discussions of the impact of law on the practice of pathology, including such topics as specimens with potential legal implications, the controversy of saving organs for teaching, procuring and saving specimens for toxicology testing and DNA confirmation in identity testing. A must-have section on malpractice suits covers reasons why patients sue, what to do if sued, and reducing the chance of being sued. The author addresses expert witness testimony, including how to be an expert witness, conflicts of interest, conduct in a courtroom, what to say and what not to say. Quality control and assurance as it applies to the pathologist is also discussed. Legal implications for the information age, including the use of internet and e-mail with regard to patient confidentiality is discussed in detail. Case samples are scattered throughout the text to illustrate the principles discussed. Every term is defined in the glossary.

 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Impact of Law on Pathology PracticeEveryday Occurrences
17
Impact of Law on Practice of PathologyMalpractice
77
Expert Witness Testimony
131
References
148
Deposition
155
Testifying
166
Unethical Expert Witness Testimony
181
Music Classification Using Significant Repeating Patterns
506
Web Search I
519
Visual Interface for Evaluating Internet Search Results
533
A Metasearch Method with Clustering and Term Correlation
543
Classification and Clustering II
554
Classification of Biomedical Images Using Neuro Fuzzy Approach
568
Optimized Fuzzy Classification for Data Mining
582
Web Search II
594

Quality Assurance and Record Keeping
191
Legal Implications for the Information Age
201
Glossary of Legal Terms
209
Index
215
Discovering Geographical Features for LocationBased Services
244
and Multimedia Data Storage
262
A SemanticsBased Versioning Scheme for Multimedia Data
277
Adaptive Quantization of the HighDimensional Data
302
Concurrent Updating of Large Spatial Objects
325
Web Computing
339
On Improving Website Connectivity by Using
352
Ontological and Pragmatic Knowledge Management
365
Web Page Grouping Based on Parameterized Connectivity
374
Data Mining and Knowledge Discovery in Web I
381
A Novel Representation of Sequence Data Based on Structural
393
Managing and Mining Clinical Outcomes
405
An Efficient Approach for Maintaining Association Rules Based
417
A Collaborative Recommendation Based on Neural Networks
425
Query Processing and Optimization
431
A Multiple Continuous Query Optimization Method Based
443
An Efficient Approach for PartialSum Queries in Data Cubes
457
Optimising Mediator Queries to Distributed Engineering Systems
469
Automatic Generation of SQLX View Definitions from
476
Classification and Clustering I
482
A Fuzzy Cellular Automata Based Pattern Classifier
494
A Web Page Scoring Method for Local Web Search Engines
606
Discovering Aspects of Web Pages from Their Referential Contexts
618
Mobile Databases I
630
Improving Concurrency Control in Mobile Databases
642
JustinTime Recommendation Using Multiagents
656
Parallel and Distributed Databases
670
Efficient Declustering of Nonuniform Multidimensional Data
694
Multimedia Databases I
708
Union and Intersection of Filtering Functions
738
GroupBased Location Updating in Mobile
762
A Moving Point Indexing Using Projection Operation for Location
775
An Algorithm for Automatic Semistructured
787
An Automated Algorithm for Extracting Website Skeleton
799
Ontologies on the MOVE
812
Incremental Maintenance of Discovered Mobile User
824
Multimedia Databases II
831
Relative Queries and the Relative ClusterMapping Method
843
Improving Query Effectiveness for Large Image Databases with
857
Mobile Databases III
869
Stream Selection Policies for Transcoding Multimedia
882
Efficient Group Pattern Mining Using Data Summarization
895
A Cost Effective Cache Consistency Method for Mobile Clients
908
Author Index
923
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