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medical law & ethics quiz #1

agent a person with the legal right to speak/act on the behalf of another. the person is legally responsible for the actions or statements made by the agent on his behalf.
breach the breaking or violating of a law, promise, contract or duty
civil law the laws of a state or nation which deal with the enforcement of civil rights. disputes between citizens: violation of rights by one person to another
common law unwritten law that that is based on customs or court decisions
confidential relationships a relationship in which one cannot reveal information given to him by another without the express consent (permission) of the other, unless required by law
criminal law laws that pertain to crime and its punishments
doctrine of respondeat superior "the law of agency" the doctor is principle; you are his agent
ethics a set of behavioral/moral standards formed by a particular group or profession which attempts to govern the actions or behavior of the members of that group
felony a crime more serious than a misdemeanor
good Samaritan law laws exempting physicians and other medical professionals from liability for treatment given in accident cases
grievance committee group established by the local medical society who hear and investigate complaints about physicians in the area regarding professional care or excessive fees charged.
informed consent to give consent, having full knowledge of the matter at hand and the dangers that may be involved(written)
implied consent to give consent, by interference or action but without the express statement
medical practice acts state laws which govern the methods and requirements in gaining a license to practice medicine. includes what a physician can practice in his field (specialty) and grounds for suspension or revocation of license
morbidity the relative incidence of disease
principles of medical ethics ten section code condensed by the AMA in 1957 to aid the physician to individually and collectively maintain a high level of ethical conduct
revocation the cancellation or summoning back of license/act
reciprocity the acceptance of one state's standards as at least equal to or superior to their own
tort a civil wrong
statue of limitation time period during which a medical malpractice suit must be filed
Created by: t4achange