JAMA 100 Years Ago Section Editor: Jennifer
Reiling, Assistant Editor.
It has been suggested that in criminal cases in which questions of mental
sanity or other medical questions are involved there should be a jury of physicians.
Thus can be avoided, it is to be inferred, the scandal of conflicting "expert"
testimony (so-called), which is so often used, it is claimed, to befog the
jury and embarrass justice. It is assumed that a medical jury would be able
to properly interpret the evidence and reach a correct conclusion where an
ordinary jury of laymen would fail. This seems plausible, but will hardly
MEDICAL JURIES.. JAMA. 2003;290(7):966. doi:10.1001/jama.290.7.966-b