5 Medicolegal News 2 (1977)

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Eliot . Segal, M.D.
Douglas Danner. JD
Firs Vice President
Richard F. Gibbs. M.A., M.D., J.D,
Vice President
MichaBt D. Jusell
Barry C. Reed. LLB,
JR obertson Knowles, MD.
Honor'ary Secreleay.Treasurer
Donald B. Barken, M.D., FA.C.P.
Howard A Frank, M.D.
Joseph Frankin. M.D., M.P.H.
Rober R. Mee,. M.D.
Hiram Vazqu  MIae, M.D.
Aubrey Mflunsky. MB.B.Ch., M..C.P. D.CH.
er S. Ravin, M.D.
Alain B Resole', M.D.
Sidney Schers, MD
Richard C. Webler MO
Thoma E. Cargill. Jr., I.e,
NFii I. Chyet., J.D.
Kathleen Ryan Decy. JD.
Roy N. Feed, LL.B.
Benlard D. HIrs. JD.
John A. Nords, J.D., M.B.A.
Le M. OConnor, L1B,
Paul D. Rhei.go.d, LL..
Lawrence J Smi, BeA. J.D.
Edward M. Swadz, LL.B., LL.M
E9 P. Brneweig, J.D.
Joseph D. Lonergan, B.S.
George P. Sawyer
John Larkin Thompson, J.D.
David Z. Webster, LL.B.. M.B.A.
Hen. Allye F. Hassa
Hen. Robd L, Hermann
Hon. John V. Keeney
Hend John J. McNoughl
Hoe. Ma Rocec
Paul Goidhaber, D.D.S.
John W. Stn, D.D.S.. JD,
Robert a Shre, D.o.
Catherne A. Welch. R N.. B.S., MA.. EdD.
Jamse F. Holzel, J.D,
bil Lucos, LL B
Bealice Phillps Sachs, M.S.W., A.C.S W.
George J. Ares, JO., M.P.H.
Richard G. Habr. JO., LLM.
Haold , Hash. M.D., JOe,
Frances H. Miller. JD.
RihardS. Milstein, J.D.
Harbot H. Bonnell, LL.B.
Hen. Leonard S. Bedne,
ono Harry W. Dahl
LeeJ Dunn, J.,J.D., LL.M.
Thomas 5 Dared, M.D.
Irvn Kle, M.D.
Kevin M. Mcntyra, M.D., J.D.
Mitchell T. Rlbio. M.D.
Gerald F Winkler. MD.
James G. Zimmady. M.D.. JD, M.P H.

Progress Report
1976 was a good year for the American
Society of Law & Medicine. In furtherance
of its goals of promoting interdisciplinary
interest, cooperation, education  and
dialogue in areas where medicine, health-
care delivery, law, judiciary and insurance
interface, a number of giant steps forward
were taken.
ASLM membership roles in 1976 ap-
proached new highs with almost 1500
members representing every state in the
Union, Canada, and internationally as far
overseas as Israel. As would be expected,
most members derived from the medical,
legal and insurance professions. However,
significant membership support was evi-
denced from other health-care deliverers
(e.g. dentists, pharmacists, social workers,
nurses, and hospital and nursing home
administrators), educators, students, legis-
lators, and members of the judiciary-
administrative system.
With the publication and distribution of Vol-
ume 2, No. 2 (Winter issue), the American
Journal of Law & Medicine completed its
second successful year of publication. In
this comparatively short period of time, our
Journal has become nationally and interna-
tionally recognized as a leading reference
periodical in the medicolegal area, The
Journal has been accepted for indexing by
noted professional bibliographic indexing
services such as Index Medicus, the Index
to Legal Periodicals, Social Science Cita-
tion Index, and Current Contents: Social
and Behavioral Sciences.
Commencing with Volume 3 (1977), the
Journal will be published for ASLM by the
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Press, and the frequency of publication will
be increased from two to four issues annu-
ally. John A. Norris, J.D., M.B.A., a noted
Boston health-law consultant, will continue
as Editor-in-Chief and Jim McMahon, J.D.,
a Harvard Law School graduate and writer
in the health care field, will act as full-time
Managing Editor.
Each quarterly issue of the Journal will
continue to present several scholarly dis-
cussions by leading medicolegal academ-
ics and practitioners on today's critical
medicolegal issues plus the ongoing, prac-
tical, unique bibliographic and other source
material of the Medicolegal Reference Li-
brary, essential for comprehensive cover-
age of current medicolegal areas.
With the Fall issue of 1976, our com-
panion periodical, Medicolegal News,

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completed its fourth successful year of pub-
lication. Under the leadership of Editor-in-
Chief, George J. Annas, J.D., M.P.H., Di-
rector of Boston University's Centerfor Law
and Health Sciences and Managing Editor,
James F. Holzer, J.D., Department Admin-
istrator, Rehabilitation Institute, Tufts-New
England Medical Center, Medicolegal
News attained its present size and format
and continues to be recognized nationally
as a practical source of medicolegal educa-
tional and reference material. Each issue of
Medicolegal News now presents regular
features highlighting current and forthcom-
ing ASLM and related organizations pro-
grams and activities, announcements and
analyses of recent medicolegal develop-
ments in Washington, selected articles
from the periodicals of related professions,
listings of recently published books of
medicolegal interest, descriptions of newly
established professional periodicals, perti-
nent medicolegal case decisions plus origi-
nal articles by leading authorities on current
medicolegal topics.
ASLM Programs
In 1976, ASLM presented four major educa-
tional programs which attracted wide na-
tional attendance.
In February and March, ASLM pioneered
a unique series of six weekly lectures on
The Rights of Hospital Patients and the
Consumers' Role in Health Care Policy.
Under the direction of George J. Annas,
J.D., MP.H., Program Director and princi-
pal lecturer, the lecture series covered such
key topics as hospital and physician liabil-
ity, malpractice, informed consent, human
experimentation, patients' rights, the right
to refuse treatment, the living will,
unionization of hospital personnel, OSHA,
certificate ot need, confidentiality and pri-
vacy of medical records along with many
other problem medicolegal issues.
In March, ASLM and Boston University's
Center for Law and Health Sciences pre-
sented the third in an annual series of Medi-
cal Malpractice Trial Demonstrations. The
1976's case was based upon an in-
trauterine device (IUD) failure leading to
perforation of the uterus and resulting hys-
terectomy. The trial vignettes presented
selected demonstrations of direct and
cross-examination of key witnesses in the
plaintiff's suitwhich alleged lack of informed
consent against the prescribing physician
and breach of warranty and failure to warn
against the manufacturer. As with the pre-
vious two tral demonstrations, the partici-
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