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Defensive Medicine

"Defensive Medicine" is a descriptor in the National Library of Medicine's controlled vocabulary thesaurus, MeSH (Medical Subject Headings). Descriptors are arranged in a hierarchical structure, which enables searching at various levels of specificity.

The alterations of modes of medical practice, induced by the threat of liability, for the principal purposes of forestalling lawsuits by patients as well as providing good legal defense in the event that such lawsuits are instituted.


This graph shows the total number of publications written about "Defensive Medicine" by people in Harvard Catalyst Profiles by year, and whether "Defensive Medicine" was a major or minor topic of these publication.
Bar chart showing 30 publications over 20 distinct years, with a maximum of 3 publications in 2010 and 2015
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