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This torts exam, given by law school dean and professor William T. Muse on May 29, 1961, begins with the question:

Doe, a physician specializing in eye, ear, nose, and throat, gave Poe, a patient, an anesthetic before lancing the right ear drum to remove a foreign substance. Doe made a mistake and had the instrument against the left ear drum when Poe, still under the influence of the anesthetic, leaped from the chair and ran amuck, breaking medical instruments. In order to protect himself, and his equipment from further danger, and to prevent Poe from inflicting injury upon himself, Doe held Poe momentarily, and when he could hold him no longer pushed him through an open window four feet above the ground Poe landed in Roe 's flower bed breaking his arm and destroying some of Roe's flowers. What, if any, are the rights and liabilities of the parties? Give reasons.

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T. C. Williams School of Law, University of Richmond: Torts Exam, 29 May 1961