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Is it defamatory to report, incorrectly, that a local doctor who ran his own private medical practice has quit?

I would like some help in answering this question concerning defamation.
Is it defamatory to report, incorrectly, that a local doctor who ran his own private medical practice has quit it to become a member of a closed order of monks? Does it make any difference if he can claim that he has lost patients as a result of the report?

It would depend on if the information came from a reliable source or was just made up to cause trouble.



What does a medical license entitle a doctor to practice in Michigan?

What I’m looking for is:

With a medical license, does that give a doctor free reign over any field and any practice? Does a person NEED to have a license in order to perform a surgery, etc…?

Sources would be amazing :) This is for trail evidence in school and websites are being very vague.

In theory, a medical license gives someone legal permission to do just about anything he/she wants, medically. Kinda stupid, but true.

In reality, this is, of course, is not the case. There are restraints, such as the terms of malpractice insurance, threats of a lawsuit, peer pressure, hospital privilege limitations, personal integrity and commons sense.

Occasionally the restraints fail, and patients suffer the consequences. Usually, the only damage to the doctor is higher malpractice costs.




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