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Medical Literature Resources for the Medical Malpractice Attorney

November 2, 2018

Medical malpractice attorneys conduct medical research on medical issues in the particular cases in which they are involved. It is my opinion that in addition to this case-specific research, it is helpful to keep up-to-date with current medical literature.

The New England Journal of Medicine is an excellent source to keep current with major medical breakthroughs. This periodical comes out weekly.  The articles are peer reviewed and are heavily relied on by experts in the field.

In addition, I have found the New England Journal Watch monthly publications are extremely helpful.  They contain summaries of important, peer reviewed articles that have been published throughout the U.S. and internationally.  These include, for example, Obstetrics and Gynecology, The Lancet (an English publication), Nature, JAMA and Journal of Urology.

I have found that the series that are helpful in my work are Women’s Health, Emergency Medicine, General Medicine and Hospital Medicine. Other Watch series include Cardiology, Gastroenterology, Infectious Disease, Neurology, Oncology, Hematology, Pediatrics, Adolescent Medicine and Psychiatry.  These publications can be ordered through the Massachusetts Medical Society --  The Journal Watch publications also include comments on recent medical news; for instance, the FDA approval of a new migraine drug.

In addition, I have found The Medical Letter on Drugs and Therapeutics periodical to be helpful in evaluating drugs in cases that involve malpractice in prescribing pharmaceutical drugs.

Richard A. Silver
Silver Golub & Teitell LLP


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