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MALTREATMENT Definition & Legal Meaning

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In reference to the treatment of his patient by a surgeon, this term signifies improper or unskillful treatment ; it may result either from ignorance, neglect, or willfulness; but the word does not necessarily imply that the conduct of the surgeon, in his treatment of the patient, is either willfully or grossly careless. Com. v. Hackett, 2 Allen (Mass.) 142.


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