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July 28, 1956

Impartial Medical Testimony: A Report by a Special Committee of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York on the Medical Expert Testimony Project

JAMA. 1956;161(13):1341. doi:10.1001/jama.1956.02970130129029

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Between December, 1952, and December, 1954, a Medical Expert Testimony Project was conducted in metropolitan New York. The idea was conceived by the justices of the Supreme Court of New York County, who were concerned about the problem inherent in the practice of presenting medical evidence solely through partisan experts hired by the parties to law suits. With the cooperation of the judiciary, the Bar Association of the City of New York, the New York Academy of Medicine, and the New York County Medical Society, a program was devised to reduce "the battle of experts." Essentially the plan sought to solve two problems: finding impartial medical experts and making them available, and establishing a procedure for selecting cases in which the program might be helpful. The results are reported in this book, which includes a history of the proposal, mention of the way in which the project's financing was accomplished,

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