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April 9, 2008

Regulating Physician Expert Witness Testimony

JAMA. 2008;299(14):1667-1668. doi:10.1001/jama.299.14.1667-b

To the Editor: In their Commentary, Drs Kesselheim and Studdert1 recommend the use of bodies consisting of impartial highly credentialed experts to regulate physician expert witnesses in medical malpractice cases. For a number of reasons, however, determinations made by regulating experts may have problems similar to testimony from physician witnesses.