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What the courts have decided concerning a particular disease or injury, and how they have arrived at their decisions, are matters of prime importance to every one who must know what the law is concerning that disease or injury or similar diseases and injuries. The decisions of trial courts and of many of the intermediate appellate courts are not published or are published only locally. They are therefore not generally accessible. The decisions of some of the more important intermediate appellate courts and of all appellate courts of last resort are published, filling about 300 volumes annually, and every one has access to them. Through indexes and digests of those reports, any one can learn what the courts have decided; but even to one familiar with methods of legal research the task is more or less difficult, and to one not familiar with such methods it is practically impossible. If
Medicolegal Cases: Abstracts of Court Decisions of Medicolegal Interest, 1926-1930.. JAMA. 1933;101(12):952. doi:10.1001/jama.1933.02740370056032