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JAMA 100 Years Ago
January 6,1999

LITIGATION SYMPTOMS AND DISEASES.

JAMA. 1999;281(1):20J. doi:10.1001/jama.281.1.20

There are grave doubts as to the accuracy of these terms, so freely talked about in the court rooms and among physicians who appear as witnesses in court trials. Stories of grave neurotic diseases which have rapidly recovered after a court decision in their favor are common, but when examined, appear very different. . . . A famous trial in which large damages were awarded was followed by the apparent recovery of the patient. In an equally famous case the collection of a large sum was followed by an increase of all the symptoms and death. The former was commented on very publicly as an example of a fictitious case; the latter passed without comment. The former case, after a year, relapsed and is now a paralytic. . . .

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