The amount of earnestly thoughtful consideration which has in recent years been given to the subject of medical expert testimony, both by the legal and medical professions, may be said to be enormous, and yet the great desideratum—its just and equitable regulation—is far from being accomplished.
The remarkable divergence of individual opinion as to the feasibility of the various plans proposed; the complexity of interests involved; the multiplicity of phases in which the subject in general may be made to appear in practical application, together with the necessary constant observance of certain sovereign and inalienable rights which are, under our governmental system, guaranteed to the meanest and the highest in like degree, all combine to make of this veritable quaestio vexata a problem so difficult of solution as almost to suggest an utter impossibility as to its final and satisfactory adjustment.
It seems indisputable that so long as testimony as
SUITER AW. REMARKS UPON MEDICAL EXPERT TESTIMONY AND PROPOSED RELATIVE LEGISLATION.. JAMA. 1896;XXVII(13):677-680. doi:10.1001/jama.1896.02430910007001a