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How to avoid medical errors, how to respond and relate to them: a review of the scientific monograph «Defects in the provision of medical care»

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Currently, the number of judicial proceedings on real and alleged offenses and disputes in area of provision of medical care has been exponentially increased. Some of such proceedings become publicly disclosed, but many more of them remain unnoted in mass media and civilian society as a whole. Increasing number of medical doctors has been accused of criminal offenses, being more often sentenced to real terms of imprisonment, showing a clear tendency to increase gravity of responsibility applied to medical doctors. This publication represents a peer-reviewed response of paramount importance to the book by A.A. Ponkina and I.V. Ponkin «Defects in the provision of medical care» raising ontological, value and technical issues for negative outcome of medical care – by the fault or in the absence of the fault of the doctor. The book puts the scientific basis beneath changes so much awaited by the Russian public health in relation to medical doctors, their social importance, objective limitlessness of their opportunities and capabilities in curing sick people and saving their lives.

About the Authors

A. D. Makatsariya
Sechenov University
Russian Federation

Alexander D. Makatsariya – MD, Dr Sci Med, Academician of RAS, Professor, Head of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Filatov Clinical Institute of Children’s Health. Scopus Author ID: 57222220144. Researcher ID: M-5660-2016

2 bldg. 4, Bolshaya Pirogovskaya Str., Moscow 119991

A. S. Shkoda
Vorokhobov City Clinical Hospital № 67, Moscow Healthcare Department
Russian Federation

Andrey S. Shkoda – MD, Dr Sci Med, Professor, Chief Physician

2/44 Salyama Adilya Str., Moscow 123423

D. V. Blinov
Institute for Preventive and Social Medicine; Lapino Clinical Hospital, GC «Mother and Child»
Russian Federation

Dmitry V. Blinov – MD, PhD, MBA, Head of Medical and Scientific Affairs; Neurologist. Scopus Author ID: 6701744871. Researcher ID: E-8906-2017. RSCI: 9779-8290

4–10 Sadovaya-Triumfalnaya Str., Moscow 127006
111, 1st Uspenskoe Highway, Lapino, Odintsovo District, Moscow region 143081


1. Ponkina A.A., Ponkin I.V. Defects in medical care. [Defekty okazaniia meditsinskoi pomoshchi]. Moscow: GEOTAR-Media, 2021. 312 p. (In Russ.).

2. Ponkina A.A., Ponkin I.V. Doctors rights. [Prava vrachej. Izd. 3-e, dopoln. i pererab]. Moscow: GEOTAR-Media, 2020. 264 p. (In Russ.).

3. Shkoda A.S., Blinov D.V., Makatsariya A.D. In defense of undeservedly accused and offended medical doctors: “Medical Doctor’s Rights”, а 3rd edition review. [V zashchitu chasto nezasluzhenno ogovarivaemyh i obizhaemyh vrachej: Recenziya na tret'e izdanie knigi «Prava vrachej»]. Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproduction. 2020;14(3):395–9. (In Russ.).

4. Ponkina A.A., Ponkin I.V. Legal regulation of palliative care [Pravovoe regulirovanie palliativnoi meditsinskoi pomoshchi]. Moscow: GEOTAR-Media, 2019. 176 p.(In Russ.).

5. Ponkin I.V., Ponkina A.A. Pharmaceutical law. [Farmatsevticheskoe pravo]. Moscow: GEOTAR-Media, 2017. 144 p. (In Russ.).

6. Ponkin I.V., Ponkina A.A. Lex biomedica: concept, nature and ontology. [Ponyatie, priroda i ontologiya lex biomedica]. Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproduction. 2020;14(4):515–22. (In Russ.).


For citations:

Makatsariya A.D., Shkoda A.S., Blinov D.V. How to avoid medical errors, how to respond and relate to them: a review of the scientific monograph «Defects in the provision of medical care». Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproduction. 2021;15(6):788-791. (In Russ.)

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