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Vol. 75, No. 9
ISSN: 1488-2159
November 2009


Guest Editorial - Apology Legislation: The Time Has Come


• Barry Schwartz, DDS, MHSc (bioethics) •

A b s t r a c t


  1. Merry A, McCall Smith A. Errors, medicine and the law. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press; 2003.

  2. Schwartz B. Errors in dentistry: a call for apology. J Am Coll Dent. 2005;72(2):26-32.

  3. Engel B. The power of apology: healing steps to transform your relationships. Toronto: Wiley; 2001.

  4. Legislative Assembly of Ontario. Bill 108, Apology Act, 2009. Available: (accessed 2009 Oct 22).

  5. Alter S. Apologising for serious wrongdoing: social, psychological and legal considerations. Final report of the Law Commission of Canada. May 1999.

  6. Sparkman CA. Legislating apology in the context of medical mistakes. AORN J. 2005;82(2):269-72.


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