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September 26, 1896

EXPERT TESTIMONY IN DISPUTED CASES OF INEBRIETY.

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SUPERINTENDENT WALNUT LODGE HOSPITAL, ETC. HARTFORD, CONN.

JAMA. 1896;XXVII(13):683-686. doi:10.1001/jama.1896.02430910013001c

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Abstract

During the past year several very important cases have brought out the most widely divergent expert testimony, clearly showing the need of new study of this subject.

Disputed cases of inebriety are increasing every year. Not the petty contests of police and criminal courts, where the questions raised are technical for partisan purposes, but facts of great interest and profound questions of science on which large issues turn. In one case, the final disposition of over a million dollars turned on the question of the normal condition of the mind of a testator who used spirits to excess. In another case a forgery which implicated many persons, depended on the judgment of experts relating to the motives of an inebriate. Several murder and homicidal cases have been disposed of on the testimony of medical experts. The final issue of all these cases has been the subject of divergent views in

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