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December 23, 1893

OPINION EVIDENCE BASED ON CONDITION OF BROKEN BONES.

JAMA. 1893;XXI(26):986. doi:10.1001/jama.1893.02420780034009

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Abstract

A somewhat novel application of the rules governing the admissibility of expert testimony, arose in a case where a man was injured by what was claimed to be the negligent condition of the landing place under a fire escape. A surgeon, presumably having a knowledge of the anatomy of the human body, the strength and position of the bones of the leg, not common to laymen, and having the advantage of a personal examination of a leg after it has been injured, is properly entitled to give his opinion as an expert, holds the General Term of the Supreme Court of New York in the case of Johnson v. Steam-Gauge & Lantern Co., decided Oct. 20, 1893, that, judging from the condition of the broken bones, the foot of the broken leg struck upon a sloping object and that the heel of the foot struck the object first, before the

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