In order that we may get a condition which seems to demand remedial measures well before us, the first thing to be done is to make a careful diagnosis. If all the rumors we have heard and the symptoms we have witnessed are to be taken as evidence, the medical expert witness is certainly in a bad way. He needs a thorough course of rational treatment, and that quite speedily, if he is henceforth to perform any function in the healthful activities of human affairs. His defects are of long standing, and are apparently due to some radical defects in his organism. It is a constitutional disorder, we would say, and needs strong alterative treatment.
In addition to such evidence as each of you could furnish from your personal experience and recollections, I will present the testimony of some who have put themselves on record and have had abundant opportunity
HERDMAN WJ. THE PHYSICIAN AS A WITNESS IN COURT.. JAMA. 1900;XXXIV(11):650-655. doi:10.1001/jama.1900.24610110010001c