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In defense of undeservedly accused and offended medical doctors: “Medical Doctor’s Rights”, а 3rd edition review

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Currently, a number of court hearings regarding potential crimes in delivering health-care services have been exponentially increased. Some of them receive publicity and launch public debates, but many more of those stay beyond the information field. A number of medical doctors are targeted in the investigation as defendants and sentence to actual jail time. Numerous medical workers envisioning a threat to their professional carrier, and even freedom, may now avoid of risky manipulations and interventions, which may eventually negatively affect patient’s prognosis. In such situation, increasing awareness about rights of medical workers acquires special relevance. In the mean time, professional publications dedicated to this topic are sharply demanded that might be useful and written in plain Russian. Among them, it may be highlighted a book “Medical Doctor’s Rights”, by A.A. Ponkina and I.V. Ponkin thoroughly elucidating professional rights and providing tools necessary for their defense. Although we believe that it’s scarcely describes causes, real-life cases it is excusable for this otherwise brilliant book. We recommend it for careful examination both for law enforcement officers involved in such lawsuits and a wide audience of healthcare workers as well as medical students.

About the Authors

A. S. Shkoda
City Clinical Hospital № 67 named after L.A. Vorokhobov, 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 Clinic Hospital, MD Medical Group; 1st Uspenskoye Highway Moscow Haass Medical - Social Institute
Russian Federation

Dmitry V. Blinov - MD, PhD, MBA, Head of Medical and Scientific Affairs, Neurologist

4–10 Sadovaya-Triumfalnaya Str., Moscow 127006

1st Uspenskoye Highway, 111, Moscow Region, Odintsovo District, Lapino 143081

5, 1–1a 2nd Brestskaya Str.

RSCI: 9779-8290

A. D. Makatsariya
Sechenov University
Russian Federation

Alexander D. Makatsariya - MD, Dr Sci Med, Professor, Academician of RAS, Head of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, N.F. Filatov, Vice-President of the Russian Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists

62 Str. Zemlyanoi Val., Moscow 109004

Scopus Author ID: 6602363216

Researcher ID: M-5660-2016


1. Ponkina A.A., Ponkin I.V. Doctors rights. [Prava vrachej. Izd. 3-e, dopoln. i pererab]. Moskva: GEOTAR-Media, 2020. 264 s. (In Russ.). ISBN 978-5-9704-5753-5.

2. Ponkina A.I., Ponkin I.V. Surrogacy – legal and bioethical issues. [Surrogatnoe materinstvo – pravovye i bioeticheskie refleksii]. Akusherstvo, Ginekologia i Reprodukcia. 2016;10(2):70–6. (In Russ.).

3. Ponkin I.V., Ponkin A.A. «Designer embryos»: legal and bioethical aspects. [Proizvodstvo «dizajnerskih embrionov»: pravovoj i bioeticheskij aspekty]. Akusherstvo, Ginekologia i Reprodukcia. 2017;11(3):50–8. (In Russ.).

4. Ponkin I.V., Ponkina A.A. Right to get rid of pain: content, nature, guarantees. [Pravo na izbavlenie ot boli: soderzhanie, priroda, garantii]. Pravo i obrazovanie. 2018;(6):46–53. (In Russ.).

5. Ponkin I.V., Ponkina A.A. On the legal and actual justification of introduction of the medical law. pharmaceutical law scientific major in the list of majors of research workers. [K voprosu o pravovoj i fakticheskoj obosnovannosti vvedeniya nauchnoj special’nosti «Medicinskoe pravo. Farmacevticheskoe pravo» v nomenklaturu special’nostej nauchnyh rabotnikov]. Medicinskoe pravo. 2019;(6):3–8.

6. Ponkin I.V., Ponkina A.A. The doctor’s right to take a risky decision in a difficult clinical situation. [Pravo vracha na prinyatie riskovannogo resheniya v slozhnoj klinicheskoj situacii]. Nravstvennye imperativy v prave. 2019;(3):3–15. (In Russ.).

7. Ponkin I.V., Ponkina A.A., Skoda A.S. A child’s right to receive pediatric palliative care at prenatal stage. [Pravo rebenka na prenatal’noj stadii razvitiya na poluchenie pediatricheskoj palliativnoj pomoshchi]. Akusherstvo, Ginekologia i Reprodukcia. 2020;14(1):80–8. (In Russ.).


For citations:

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. Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproduction. 2020;14(3):395-399. (In Russ.)

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