06 May 2019

BOOK: Colm Peter MCGRATH, The Development of Medical Liability in Germany, 1800–1945 [Studien zur europäischen Rechtsgeschichte 314] (Frankfurt am Main: Klostermann, 2019). ISBN 978-3-465-04357-6, €69.00

The Max Planck Institute for European Legal History has published volume 314 of its Studien zur europäischen Rechtsgeschichte.


This volume examines the development of medical liability in Germany during its intense formative period from 1800–1945. It focuses on how the fault requirement in civil law was conceptualised and applied to liability for errors in the diagnosis and treatment of a patient. By focusing on the development of the law, and how it related and responded to changes in the nature of medicine, medical practitioners and healthcare over this period, it uncovers a rich interaction between the legal and medical narratives concerning fault. It offers an account of legal development where the law and lawyers were deeply embedded in, and influenced by, the broader social context, identifying a gradual shift towards asserting the independence of courts from accepted medical narrative in the light of technological advances.


Preface | IX
Introduction | 1
Chapter 1: Medical Organisation, Regulation and Discipline in Germany: 1800–1945 | 11
Chapter 2: Medical Error and the Criminal Law | 55
Chapter 3: Medical Error and Contract Law | 81
Chapter 4: Medical Error and the Law of Delict | 111
Chapter 5: Medical Error and the BGB | 139
Conclusion | 221
List of Abbreviations | 239
Bibliography | 241
Index of terms | 259

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