Our Hands Are Tied: Legal Tensions and Medical Ethics


As a critical examination of the pervasive tension existing between defensive medicine and good, ethical patient care, this book investigates the impact of legalities on medical treatment. Physicians today are apprehensive about the threat of malpractice suits. Kapp explores the extent to which this fear is justified. He examines where physicians get their ideas about what the law requires and forbids, how physicians' perceptions of the law and medicine affect medical care, and whether these behavior manifestations benefit or hurt a physician's ability to practice ethically. Kapp then suggests ways medical professionals can resolve tension caused by conflicting demands and encourage more ethical care.

Additional information

Publisher: Place of publication:
  • Westport, CT
Publication year:
  • 1998


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