It is the duty of a physician or surgeon who is a general practitioner to [refer his patient to a specialist] [recommend the assistance of a specialist] if a reputable general practitioner practicing in the same or a similar locality would do so under similar circumstances.

If he fails to perform that duty and undertakes or continues to perform professional services without the aid of a specialist, it is his further duty to have the knowledge and skill ordinarily possessed, and exercise the case and skill ordinarily used, by reputable specialists in the same field.

A failure to perform any such duty is negligence.

NEV J.I. 6.04

BAJI 6.04

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