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Senator Harry Reid on The Medical Malpractice Myth

jacket imageOn Monday, May 8, on the Senate floor, Democratic Leader Harry Reid gave a speech about medical malpractice legislation. The Senator’s analysis drew extensively on The Medical Malpractice Myth by Tom Baker.
Reid said: “Over the weekend, I reviewed an insightful book entitled The Medical Malpractice Myth by Professor Tom Baker and published by the University of Chicago Press. . . . In this book, Professor Baker methodically debunks the most common myths in the medical malpractice debate.” Reid summarized the major claims of the book and utilized them to oppose two Senate bills that would impose significant limitations on medical liability lawsuits.
Our excerpt from the book introduces Baker’s argument.