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Medicine and the law have had many points of association and some of conflict. The physician has been concerned with the law mainly in his role as an expert witness. Some of the courtroom behavior of lawyers and physicians does small credit to the profession of either one. Since the disclosure of the Nazi atrocities during World War II, investigators and teachers have become much more self-conscious about moral, ethical, and legal matters as they concern the patient. The National Society for Medical Research began as an organization to combat some of the more flagrantly confused antivivisectionist agitation which threatened to reduce the quantity and quality of medical research. Having quieted some of the furor, the society has turned its attention to other matters, such as forming an honor society for human volunteers in medical research and helping anatomists with their problem of a diminishing supply of cadavers. Most recently,
Bean WB. Report on the National Conference on the Legal Environment of Medical Science, May 27-28, 1959.. AMA Arch Intern Med. 1960;105(2):342. doi:10.1001/archinte.1960.00270140164021