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Medical Jurisprudence

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All the following can be used as defense in a case of criminal negligence by a doctor EXCEPT: (LQ)



A Therapeutic misadventure

B Unforeseeable complication

C Error of judgement

D Contributory negligence

Ans. D

Contributory negligence

a. (Contributory negligence means negligence by the patient or a care-giver of the patient in addition to the doctor’s negligence. It is a defense in only civil negligence and not in criminal negligence.

b. Therapeutic misadventure (Medical maloccurance) is a mischance or an accident / mishap / disaster, as in the case of a penicillin injection causing anaphylaxis in a patient, administered even after a negative test-dose of penicillin. Here no one is at fault, it is only a mischance.

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