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15 Behav. Sci. & L. 1 (1997)

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Behavioral Sciences and the Law, Vol. 15, 1 2 (1997)


                       Farewell from the Editor




After ten years as Co-Editor and then Editor of Behavioral Sciences and the Law, it
is time to step aside and pass along this responsibility to my colleagues. We are
indeed fortunate to have such capable colleagues, and Alan Tomkins (Editor),
Charles Ewing (Senior Editor), and Alan Felthous (Co-Editor) will now Edit the
Journal. I wish them well, confident that the reader will continue to enjoy a high
quality, interesting, and informative publication.
  Just 15 years old, BSL is now, we believe, one of the most respected periodicals
among the many in the law and behavioral sciences area. Much thought and effort
go into organizing and preparing each issue of BSL, given its thematic nature.
While we have periodically considered shifting BSL to the traditional format of
professional journals in which manuscripts on all subjects are published, we have
elected to continue with the thematic format. Hopefully this provides the reader
with a more unique and useful perspective on a given subject.
  Producing and publishing a professional journal is a combined effort involving
many people, mostly behind the scenes. The reader, and even the author, may have
little idea about how many desks a particular article has landed on before it appears
in print. Credit for any success that BSL may enjoy also goes to Alan Tomkins,
Charles Ewing, our hard-working Editorial Board, the many outstanding scholars
and clinicians we use as outside reviewers, as well as the production staff at John
Wiley & Sons in Chichester. It has been a pleasure, and an education, for me to
have worked with such a talented group of people. I am also grateful to James
Cavanaugh and Richard Rogers who served as Editors of BSL before me, and who
assisted me along the way during my tenure as Co-Editor and Editor.
  The topic of this issue, Professional Liability, is a fitting place for me to end my
work as Editor of BSL. BSL's first issue 15 years ago was Malpractice, an issue to
which I contributed an article (Tardive dyskinesia and malpractice). We have
not returned to this topic until now.
  In the lead article, Daniels and Martin critique the basis for the movement to
reform the civil justice system in the area of health care. They present some of the
empirical literature regarding medical malpractice and contend that the literature
does not support the popularized demand to reform the medical malpractice
system. They also addressed how public policy in this area arose.
  Studdert and Brennan also review some of the empirical work in medical
malpractice but from the perspective of deterrence. They consider the present
managed care environment, and its effect upon determining the standard of care,
noting the many obstacles to the tort law's determining effective deterrence. They
offer enterprise liability as one viable reform option to achieve effective deterrence.
  Next, Jorgenson and colleagues review the matter of boundary violations, sexual
or otherwise. Of particular interest is their use of fiduciary theory to evaluate
clinical, ethical, and legal proscriptions against boundary violations.
  Hart and colleagues present empirical work on awarding compensatory damages
in personal injury cases. Noting the considerable variability in non-economic


c 1997 by John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

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