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January 15, 1955


JAMA. 1955;157(3):268. doi:10.1001/jama.1955.02950200066024

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To the Editor:—  In The Journal of Dec. 4, 1954, page 1332, is an editorial on medical expert testimony. It discusses the Minnesota Plan for investigating questionable testimony of expert witnesses. About this it states, "Unfortunately, there is no effective machinery by which the culprit may be dealt with." I would appreciate it if this could be corrected. Whenever our committee on investigation finds the testimony of a medical expert to be of a highly questionable character, the whole matter is referred to the Minnesota State Board of Medical Examiners for necessary disciplinary action. The Minnesota State Board of Medical Examiners has judiciary power to suspend or rescind the license of any physician who is called before it. The committee on medical testimony has been functioning for 14 years, and during that time seven physicians were referred to the Minnesota State Board of Medical Examiners regarding their questionable medical testimony.

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