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Physicians and Gallows Humor. Is It Unprofessional?

Comedy is when you fall through an open manhole.  Tragedy is when I fall through an open manhole.  It’s an old joke and a helpful segue to understanding dark humor in the medical community. Physicians see a lot of desperate and hopeless situations. We have to deliver...

When Can You Refuse to Treat a Patient?

We continue with our series of general educational articles penned by one attorney, an MD, JD, giving you a view of the world through a malpractice plaintiff attorney’s eyes. This attorney is a seasoned veteran.  The series includes a number of pearls on how to stay...

FDA and Drugs Used in Executing the Death Penalty

The FDA regulates drugs and devices to make sure they are safe and effective for their intended use. Its regulatory authority to achieve that goal is broad.  For years, the FDA took the position that it did not have authority to regulate drugs used for executions – or...