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November 29, 1941

Accidental Injuries: The Medico-Legal Aspects of Workmen's Compensation and Public Liability

JAMA. 1941;117(22):1923. doi:10.1001/jama.1941.02820480089037

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Ever since workmen's compensation enactments forced on the physician the unenviable job of estimating work capacity or earning power after injury, the medical profession has sought to establish some element of uniformity in disability evaluation. Certainly the first edition of Accidental Injuries should be regarded as one of the earliest and longest steps taken to eliminate guesswork and to substitute dependable and rational standards to which all concerned with indemnification for injury might look for authoritative guidance. The solution of these medicolegal problems is about the most elusive in the whole socioeconomic field, but books of this kind do hold out some hope that eventually administrative methods can be so reorganized as to allow medical testimony to be offered in personal injury cases with every incentive to be candid and unbiased rather than the exact reverse. Only the full title of the book gives complete insight into the extensive character

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