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September 4, 1943

Laugh at the Lawyer Who Cross-Examines You! A Court Room Antidote

JAMA. 1943;123(1):65. doi:10.1001/jama.1943.02840360067039

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Many people, according to this author, who admits that he has writing on the brain, prefer a dose of castor oil to an appearance in court as a witness. The oil may be gulped and the results are fairly predictable; the witness may gulp and swallow but is sure of nothing but perhaps a cold sweat. The purpose of this book is to convince potential witnesses that after all an appearance in court need not be a nightmare if proper preparation has been made and if certain fundamental rules are understood and followed. These rules, which are described as rules of experience, are set forth by the author and developed in detail. Some seventy-five pages are devoted to expert witnesses in general, twelve pages of which are concerned with the medical expert. The reviewer has read the book with mixed emotions. There is much in it that can be recommended;

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