Bolam v Friern Hospital Management Committee [1957] 2 All ER 118

Negligence – test – body of medical opinion

A doctor was not negligent if he acted in accordance with a practice accepted as proper by a responsible body of medical men skilled in that art merely because there was a body of opinion that took a contrary view. For negligence to be proved, the doctor had to fall below a standard of practice recognised as proper by a responsible body of opinion at the time of the alleged negligence.

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