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November 19, 1910

Current Comment

JAMA. 1910;55(21):1813-1815. doi:10.1001/jama.1910.04330210041015

MEDICAL EXPERT TESTIMONY  Medical expert testimony is a puzzling problem for physicians, lawyers and judges. It has been repeatedly discussed at various medical meetings, at the annual sessions of the National Legislative Council of the American Medical Association and at the meetings of the American Bar Association. An effort is now being made in Missouri to secure some tangible results, through cooperation between the State Medical Association and the Missouri Bar Association. A joint committee representing both of these bodies has drafted a proposed law with a view to improving the status of expert medical testimony in the courts. The bill, if passed, will empower any judge of any court of record, on his own motion or on that of either party in the case, when the ends of justice seem to require it, to appoint one or more disinterested, skilled persons to serve as expert witnesses, the fees of

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