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April 1, 1944

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JAMA. 1944;124(14):988-989. doi:10.1001/jama.1944.02850140034014

MEDICAL TESTIMONY IN MINNESOTA  Three years ago the Minnesota State Medical Association created a Committee on Medical Testimony to which courts and others may refer instances in which physicians have given questionable medical testimony. The committee, after investigation and if the facts warrant it, may censure the physician, may publicize the circumstances of the particular case or may bring the matter to the attention of the state board of medical examiners for disciplinary action. This experiment has been watched with interest by all who are concerned with finding solutions to the problem of medical expert testimony. Recently the Committee on Medical Testimony referred to the board of medical examiners the case of a physician who had testified as an expert witness for an accused charged with murder. Both the committee and the board concluded that the testimony in question was unjustified. The board found, however, that neither perjury nor monetary

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