Commentary: Lawyer phobia

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3 Scopus citations


Fear of being involved in a malpractice lawsuit has spawned various defensive attitudes and behaviors in physicians. Despite the relative low rate of malpractice suits against psychiatrists, they too engage in defensive medicine. Simon's and Shuman's paper reviews the hidden danger to clinical care that defensive psychiatric practices can pose to both patients and doctors. This commentary further endorses the paper's position that the study of defensive medicine should be included in psychiatric residency training much like the study of countertransference.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)162-164
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jul 27 2009
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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