"The obvious audiences for this work are the patients that have suffered from malpractice and the doctors who have treated them, but it will also be of interest to anyone researching the history behind the rising cost of medical care. The work, written by an, begins with a chapter on protecting oneself from medical mistakes. It includes information on researching medical doctors and facilities, getting second opinions, and creating a living will and durable power of attorney. About two-thirds of this volume holds the appendixes, which mainly consist of directory information that will be of help to patients and doctors; state statutes, and sample forms for those prosecuting." Shannon Graff Hysell, ARBA online The Legal Almanac series serves to educate the general public on a variety of legal issues pertinent to everyday life and to keep readers informed of their rights and remedies under the law. Each volume in the series presents an explanation of a specific legal issue in simple, clearly written text, making the Almanac a concise and perfect desktop reference tool. All volumes provide state-by-state coverage. Selected state statutes are included, as are important case law and legislation, charts and tables for comparison.