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November 30, 1957

The Doctor as a Witness

JAMA. 1957;165(13):1763. doi:10.1001/jama.1957.02980310115030

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The intention of the author is well stated in his preface: "This short volume was not written as a text for either medical school or law school use. It is purely informational, endeavoring to explain to the busy practitioner who has had little experience in court rooms the various kinds of legal proceedings in which he may be called to testify, how these proceedings are conducted, and what is expected of a medical witness when he takes the stand." This he does in admirable fashion, giving the majority position or consensus concerning the law and avoiding the many instances in which federal or state statutes and regulations differ among themselves. Prior to taking the witness stand, a reading of chapter 9, entitled Preparation for Trial, and chapter 10, entitled What Makes a Good Medical Witness, should be helpful for even the most courtseasoned physician. For the physician who is rarely

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