Doctor holding the hand of a patient

Law’s Maxwell Mehlman discussed physicians’ legal responsibility in life-threatening cases

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Professor Maxwell Mehlman

PolitiFact: Maxwell Mehlman, the Arthur E. Petersilge Professor of Law, Distinguished University Professor and co-director of the Law-Medicine Center, said physicians have a legal responsibility to intervene when a patient’s life is threatened. “The doctor has a legal duty to take reasonable steps to preserve the life and health of the patient,” Mehlman said. “If they don’t, in the most egregious situations, this has led to criminal prosecutions.”