Error of Accommodation in the Care of the Difficult Patient in the 1990s
Lerner A M~~Luby E D
Four case histories are presented which establish the principle that physicians, for whatever reason, cannot accomodate the demands of empowered patients that contradict clinical judgement & violate the scientific practice of medicine. One case involved a physician patient who completed suicide while out on a day pass. Because of the physician’s reputation & his insistence, the psychiatrist, against her better judgement, gave him a pass. A subsequent malpractice suit was settled pretrial.