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December 18, 2002

Standards for Medical Expert Testimony

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Stephen J.LurieMD, PhD, Senior Editor


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JAMA. 2002;288(23):2971. doi:10.1001/jama.288.23.2971-JLT1218-2-1

To the Editor: In their discussion of the lack of standards for medical expert testimony in tort cases, Drs Kassirer and Cecil1 omit a number of significant points. First, most tort litigation occurs in state courts, and a number of jurisdictions (including California, Florida, and New York) do not follow the Supreme Court's Daubert rulings. Of course, these states encounter many of the same difficulties in evaluating evidence offered by medical experts, but one should not focus entirely on the federal courts.

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