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April 8, 1939

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JAMA. 1939;112(14):1346. doi:10.1001/jama.1939.02800140044016
Abstract

THE BRINKLEY CASE  The suit for libel and damages filed by John R. Brinkley against the Editor of Hygeia was called in the federal court at Del Rio, Texas, on Wednesday, March 22. A jury consisting largely of residents of the vicinity of Del Rio was impaneled and evidence began to be offered by the plaintiff on the afternoon of the same day. In the course of the trial the plaintiff, Dr. John R. Brinkley, offered in evidence not only his own testimony but that of his associates; also a number of character witnesses. It was the decision of the court that patients would not be allowed to testify as to the results of any procedures performed on them. For the defendant there appeared three experts: Drs. Alfred I. Folsom, Dallas; Benjamin Weems Turner, Houston, and J. Manning Venable, San Antonio; also a chemist of the American Medical Association, Dr.

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