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Medical Care Law

by Edward P. Richards, J.D., M.P.H.,
and Katharine C. Rathbun, M.D., M.P.H.,
Aspen Publishers, Inc., 1999.

(This book replaces Law and the Physician: A Practical Guide, by Edward P. Richards and Katharine C. Rathbun, which was originally published by Little Brown and Company.)

Medical Care Law is unique among medical law books in being co-authored by a husband and wife team. Edward P. Richards, J.D., M.P.H., is Professor of Law at the University of Missouri at Kansas City and has specialized in health law for more than 20 years. His co-author, and wife, Katharine C. Rathbun, M.D., M.P.H., F.A.A.F.P., F.A.C.P.M., is a practicing physician with special expertise in family medicine, and is Board Certified in Occupational Medicine and in Public Health. Their goal in writing Medical Care Law was to produce a book that is legally accurate while being accessible to non-lawyer readers.

The authors explain basic legal concepts for the lay reader, while providing practical advice on cutting edge issues in medical law that will be valuable to readers who are sophisticated in medical law. Medical Care Law is an essential reference for health care professionals, patients interested in the legal aspects of medical practice, and attorneys who represent medical care professionals.

Important Note: This WWW site is under constant revision and will provide online updates on new health law developments keyed to the text of Medical Care Law.


The preface discusses the book's audience and the objectives of the book.

Tables of Contents for Each Chapter

Chapter 1 - Organization Of The U.S. Legal System

Chapter 2 - Civil Claims And Monetary Damages

Chapter 3 - Criminal Law Rights And Violations

Chapter 4 - Administrative Law And Violations

Chapter 5 - Civil And Criminal Litigation

Chapter 6 - The Law And Lawyers

Chapter 7 - Medical Records

Chapter 8 - The Physician-Patient Relationship

Chapter 9 - Consent To Medical Treatment

Chapter 10 - Team Care And Managed Care

Chapter 11 - Peer Review And Deselection

Chapter 12 - Public Health And Communicable Disease Control

Chapter 13 - Family Planning, Adoption, And Surrogacy

Chapter 14 - Obstetrics

Chapter 15 - Occupational Medicine And Disability Law

Chapter 16 - Institutional Medicine

Glossary (terms that are defined and explained)

Index (full list of index entries)

Table of Authorities

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