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A Piece of My Mind
January 26, 2000

Casting Stones

Author Affiliations

A Piece of My Mind Section Editor: Roxanne K. Young, Associate Editor.

JAMA. 2000;283(4):441-442. doi:10.1001/jama.283.4.441

Do you swear to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth?" "I do."

As I entered the witness box, I glanced over the assembly. I recognized distress, anger, sorrow, and guilt among the turbulent emotions that spoke louder than words. The district attorney asked me to state my credentials, before addressing the issue at hand. Another physician had recounted the ICU course of an infant who had been admitted with severe brain injuries. My testimony would be used to assess the long-term consequences of the injuries.

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