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December 29, 1956


JAMA. 1956;162(18):1651. doi:10.1001/jama.1956.02970350067026

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To the Editor:—  Each county medical society should establish a medical audit of testimony given in court. This will give every testifying physician a score. Offenders with low score in honesty, integrity, and reliability of testimony can then be summoned before the executive committee and warned. If the practice of testifying "one way or the other" flagrantly persists, that physician should be dropped from the society. If he is a diplomate of any American board or college, this would really hurt. If not, the opposing lawyer could ask "Are you a member of your county medical society?" and "Why not?" I believe there is no need to explain at whom this is directed. It should clear the air around the courts; lawyers and the public would have more respect for the physician. Perhaps The Journal could circulate this need until it jells into concrete reality.

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