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June 23/30, 1999

Damages and the Expert Witness

Author Affiliations

Margaret A.WinkerMD, Deputy EditorIndividualAuthorPhil B.FontanarosaMD, Interim CoeditorIndividualAuthor

JAMA. 1999;281(24):2285-2286. doi:10-1001/pubs.JAMA-ISSN-0098-7484-281-24-jbk0623

To the Editor: In his review of Damages: One Family's Legal Struggles in the World of Medicine, Dr Tremblay1 refers to experts "ready to say whatever is necessary to support the side that hired them" and then singles out my "staggering fees." As an expert, I provide consultation to plaintiffs and defendants as well as several governmental agencies. I lecture and write about external fetal monitoring (EFM), fetal brain injury, and malpractice2,3—all while I continue in full-time private practice.