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February 1992

Trials of an Expert Witness: Tales of Clinical Neurology and the Law

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Rochester, NY

Arch Neurol. 1992;49(2):126. doi:10.1001/archneur.1992.00530260024003

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If you want to practice your tennis shots against the schoolhouse wall, pick an area where there is no ivy; otherwise, you will just practice picking up tennis balls. If you want a good dialog, pick someone who can bounce your words back at you, put a spin on them—someone more like bare brick than ivy. Someone like Harold Klawans.

Klawans' replies to attorneys in courtrooms, as he records them in Trials of an Expert Witness, are as solid as a brick wall. Brick may be porous, but a tennis ball will never find that out.

Klawans is a winner, no matter which side he takes. In court, he takes one about as often as the other, he says, and the tally in his book bears that out: he achieves eight wins for the prosecution, six for the defense. No losses.

In a meeting recently chaired by the chief

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