Title
Some notes on medical liability in ancient times Some notes on medical liability in ancient times
Author
Faculty/Department
Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences
Publication type
article
Publication
Brussel ,
Subject
Human medicine
Source (journal)
Acta chirurgica Belgica. - Brussel, 1946 - 1996
Volume/pages
110(2010) :3 , p. 405-409
ISSN
0001-5458
ISI
000279884100034
Carrier
E
Target language
English (eng)
Affiliation
University of Antwerp
Abstract
Already in ancient times did medical liability occupy mankind. Various civilizations did give their own interpretation on the subject and proposed solutions. Original writings are rare and articles concerning ancient medical liability equally are hard to find. The only relatively trustworthy sources are of legal nature and find their origin in Greek philosophy and Roman Law. At a later stage, Arabic philosophers gave a renewed view on the statements of these previous civilizations and added their own way of thinking. All these influences still reflect in our modern western way of medical acting. Some of these ancient customs concerning medical liability will be discussed in this article.
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