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This are 3 complete presentations on 3 Medical Law Cases: malpractice and wrongful death of Joan Rivers; Doctor Kevorkian's suicide machine; and the Hobby Lobby case on employer health insurance for contraceptives.. There is a 10 point multiple choice test with answer key for each of the three, which makes for 30 questions in all. THERE ARE MANY ACTUAL SLIDES FOR YOUR REVIEW IN THE PREVIEW. THIS IS YOUR BEST INDICATION OF PRODUCT QUALITY.
The author is a retired lawyer, instructor and textbook writer.
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The author is a retired lawyer, instructor and legal textbook author.
Excerpt: HOBBY LOBBY
"Burwell v. Hobby Lobby," is a landmark 2014 decision by the United States Supreme Court allowing closely held for-profit corporations an exemption from a law its owners religiously object to if there is a less restrictive means of furthering the law's interest. The court recognized a for-profit closely held corporation's claim of religious belief against certain contraceptives as being too uncomfortably close to aborting life. Hobby Lobby is owned (held) by a single family, the Green family. This case gave the closely held corporation the right to pick and choose contraceptive devices for its employees based on the stockholders' religious beliefs.
Excerpt: DR. KEVORKIAN
In 1987, Kevorkian placed ads in Detroit newspapers as a physician consultant for "death counseling". In 1990 he got his first chance at performing a public assisted suicide. The patient was Janet Adkins. She was 54 and was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease in 1989. Kevorkian was initially charged with murder. Those charges were dropped because Michigan had no law on assisted suicide.
Kevorkian allegedly assisted only by attaching the individual to his euthanasia device. The individual then supposedly took over the suicide by pushing a button on the machine which delivered the drugs. No one actually knew for sure that Kevorkian did not do more though as the only other witness was now dead.
EXCERPT: JOAN RIVERS
Dr. Gwen Korovin and Dr. Lawrence B. Cohen were both attending Joan Rivers. These two doctors failed to identify Rivers’ deteriorating vital signs and provide timely intervention during the procedures. Rivers’ vocal cords seized during the procedure — a condition called laryngospasm — and cut off her air supply.
Intubation or punching a hole in the windpipe may have saved Rivers but evidently neither Cohen or Korovin knew how to do either fast enough any longer. Rivers was cyanotic by the time her tube was inserted. Injecting the drug which reverses this state, succinylcholine, wasn’t possible because Yorkville no longer kept it in stock because it was rarely used.