This Note will examine the defense of contributory negligence, the prerequisites for asserting the defense, and the underlying policy reasons which may explain the rampant growth of the defense and its alleged recent decline. Next, this Note will evaluate the circumstances which have given rise to contributory negligence as well as those circumstances that do not rise to the level of contributory negligence. Finally, this Note will analyze the North Carolina Supreme Court's decision to permit the defense when the patient fails to follow the physician's advice and instructions.

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