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October 13, 1962

Medical and Legal Evaluation of Disability in Personal Injury Cases: A Practical Guide for Doctors and Lawyers

JAMA. 1962;182(2):216. doi:10.1001/jama.1962.03050410112033

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In personal injury cases, medicine and law both seek the truth—medicine by scientific analysis of facts, law through trial by combat of skilled advocates. The objective of medicine is the alleviation of deformity and disease; of law, the determination of rights.

Unfortunately, homo sapiens being what he is, neither approach can be precise or definitive; both are clouded with nuance, subjectivity, and impression which can never be reduced to cold objective record.

The tone of voice of an advocate before a jury or the manner of a patient during examination can be of great importance in reaching a verdict or making a diagnosis, but neither can appear in the court stenographer's transcript. It is probable that 2 such disparate and inexact philosophies can never be wholly reconciled. Many efforts have been made to explain law to medicine and medicine to law. This book attempts to do both, and, on the

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