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PHYSICIAN. One lawfully engaged in the practice of medicine.
     2. A physician in England cannot recover for fees, as his practice is altogether honorary. Peake C. N. P. 96, 123; 4 T. R. 317.
     3. But in Pennsylvania, and perhaps in all the United States, he may recover for his services. 5 Serg. & Rawle, 416. The law implies, therefore, a contract on the part of a medical man, as well as those of other professions, to discharge their duty in a skillful and attentive manner; and the law will redress the party injured by their neglect or ignorance. 1 Saund. 312, R; 1 Ld. Raym. 213; 2 Wils. 359; 8 East, 348.
     4. They are sometimes answerable criminally for mala praxis. (q.v.) 2 Russ. on Cr. 288; Ayl. Pand. 213; Com. Dig. h.t. Vin. Ab. h.t.

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In the living-will form provided by the Illinois State Medical Society, the signer declares in part, "If at any time I should have an incurable and irreversible injury, disease, or illness judged to be a terminal condition by my attending physician who has .
He was a Gastroenterology Fellow at U-M/J-M from 1966-68 before joining Mercy Hospital as senior attending physician in 1968.
The hospice physician should also point out that society views it as ethically and legally appropriate for surrogate decisionmakers--not the attending physician or the hospice team--to make this kind of decision based upon what is known about the preferences of the patient.
In all cases, it would be beneficial if the taxpayer's attending physician recommended and supported the need for such professional medical assistance to properly care for the taxpayer.
The receiving physician has agreed to become the patient's attending physician.
The lawsuit said that hospital staff didn't realize what was happening, and an attending physician arrived at least 20 minutes after the boy stopped receiving oxygen.
Following the meeting, the medical director can dictate a comprehensive summary of the team's findings and send the report with appropriate recommendations to the attending physician.
It overturned the above-mentioned court decision that a severely handicapped child had the right not to be born, and if born, could sue the attending physician for his birth.
The nursing staff should always contact the attending physician if a resident fails to respond adequately to a treatment or his condition worsens.
Bob,'' was a physician in the San Fernando Valley for more than 30 years and served as attending physician for the Certain Sounds singing group at the Van Nuys First Baptist Church.
Write a letter to the attending physician on the case and ask for a reply.
If, as often happens, one point of view predominates, the attending physician may feel pressured to follow it.