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It may safely be said, that in no department of medical teaching in the United States has there been such shortcoming, as in that of medical jurisprudence and toxicology. The result has been that physicians have not infrequently brought discredit to themselves and to their profession by signal and conspicuous failures, when called to occupy the witness' stand. Not that elaborate works were wanting upon these subjects— for the abilities of such writers as Beck, Taylor, Caspar Wharton Stillé and others are everywhere recognized—but their elaborate works demanded more time for careful study than students were able to command, while, in large measure, our medical colleges have failed to emphasize the necessity of a most thorough acquaintance with these subjects. The result has been that, in a very great majority of instances, after graduation physicians have failed to perfect themselves in these fields of study, and oftentimes their deficiencies have
Text-book of Medical Jurisprudence and Toxicology.. JAMA. 1891;XVII(10):386. doi:10.1001/jama.1891.02410880034017