Gene technology in medical diagnostics and criminal procedure and liability for malpractice in Germany.

Abstract

The increasing employment of gene technological procedures in medical diagnostics and criminal procedure has forced both the medical and the legal professions to focus their attention on the complex question of liability of physicians, lab technicians, and other personnel involved in applying these measures. This article gives an outline, by citing practical cases, of the major aspects of liability for malpractice that are relevant under German law. Bearing in mind that this article will be read predominantly by members of the Anglo-American common-law legal system, the legal aspects - even though they are German legal aspects - are viewed in the light of the common law. The article examines three major issues: (a) liability for diagnoses employing gene technological procedures: (b) liability for wrong testimony based on 'genetic finger-printing': and (c) the donor's rights concerning his or her DNA-probe.

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@article{Deutsch1990GeneTI, title={Gene technology in medical diagnostics and criminal procedure and liability for malpractice in Germany.}, author={Eva Deutsch and R Fuellmich and Hubert Poppe}, journal={Medicine and law}, year={1990}, volume={9 2}, pages={755-68} }