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A legal rule, tenet, theory, or principle. A political policy.

Examples of common legal doctrines include the clean hands doctrine, the doctrine of false demonstration, and the doctrine of merger.

The Monroe Doctrine, enunciated by President James Monroe on December 2, 1823, was an American policy to consider any aggression by a European country against any western hemisphere country to be a hostile act toward the United States.

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(120) The Learned Intermediary Doctrine was first recognized
The Karl court found that "a mere twenty-one states have expressly adopted the learned intermediary doctrine." (53) The use of the adjective "mere" to describe nearly half the states signals the Karl court's direction.
Cheney, Not Just For Doctors: Applying the Learned Intermediary Doctrine to the Relationship Between Chemical Manufacturers, Industrial Employers, and Employees, 85 NW.
The Illinois Supreme Court articulated the policy behind the learned intermediary doctrine in Kirk:
The learned intermediary doctrine has been a well-established legal rule for decades.
I have argued that the learned intermediary doctrine is a species of "no duty" argument.
The learned intermediary doctrine holds that when a drug maker properly warns a prescribing physician of the dangerous risks of its product, the manufacturer is excused from warning each patient who receives the drug.
THE learned intermediary doctrine is the cornerstone of almost every pharmaceutical and medical device products liability claim.