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June 6, 1896

VERDICTS OBTAINED THROUGH PERJURY.

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TREASURER AMERICAN ACADEMY OF RAILWAY SURGEONS, CORRY, PA.

JAMA. 1896;XXVI(23):1106-1108. doi:10.1001/jama.1896.02430750008001c

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Abstract

In presenting briefly a line of thought that might perchance be the means of bringing out a theme for discussion from the Fellows present, I present a subject that has not, to my knowledge, been even briefly presented before any body of railway surgeons, or before any medico-legal society up to this time. If such has been the case, I am free to say it has entirely escaped my observation.

It is barely possible that the theme lacks in interest, and perhaps is untenable. Yet it has occurred to me upon many occasions, when a claimant has procured a fat verdict from some innocent corporation, with the merits of the case built entirely upon air, together with the malingering symptoms set up by the claimant, prompted by the ever ready advice of his unscruplous legal adviser, who perchance has taken the case on commission, or on the coöperative system, that

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