In summary, it should be stressed that all of us must: be constantly alert to potential malpractice action; keep adequate records; be aware of the statute of limitations; protect ourselves by adequate insurance coverage; be fair and honest in our appraisals and opinions of the injured patient; and be prepared, honest, alert, natural, and forthright when appearing as an expert witness.
In conclusion, I would like to quote with one change from The Readers Digest for May 1964, the thought '. . . no matter how complex medicine becomes, the timeless human heart and the capacity to care will always remain a doctor's greatest asset.'
Copyright 1965 by The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, Incorporated