The Interaction of the Chinese and the Western Medical Science: The Case of a Misdiagnosis of the Fracture of Scaphoid
Getting injuries on his right leg, being sent into the emergency room in the hospital, the plaintiff in this case was treat by a R1 which got the certificate only for 3 months. Even though the R1 took an X-Ray for his right leg, he still didn’t diagnose the fracture of scaphoid on the right leg. After going to the department of Chinese Medicine and taking treatments by 2 Chinese medicine practitioners as the accused. Without knowing the fracture of scaphoid, they treated the plaintiff traumatologic diagnosis and ointments for more than 3 months. The plaintiff was diagnosed with the old fracture of scaphoid with bad union by the other physician in another hospital in the end. The plaintiff complained therefore the 2 Chinese medicine practitioners about the injury of vocational negligence and the civil compensation. The 2 authors would like to discuss many topics in this case, like the seniority and the capacity of the physician, the responsibility of medical organization, the authority of judging the X-Ray by the Chinese medicine practitioner and the duty of referral, the possibility of the consequent-foreseeing and the duty of the consultation and the referral, team medical, the legitimate expectation and its limitation.