EVERY week there are many court decisions that have an impact on the practice of medicine. These decisions are currently reported, in summary, in The Citation, a newsletter published twice a month by the office of the General Counsel, American Medical Association.
Some of these decisions are of such special importance that they deserve the wider publicity that can be obtained through the pages of The Journal. Trial court decisions, which are of little precedent value and are subject to reversal, are omitted. Selected decisions are usually restricted to those of the highest state or federal court. It should be remembered, however, that a decision by a court in one state is not necessarily binding elsewhere.
Medical Examinations and Patient's Attorney
The Wisconsin Supreme Court has held that a patient's attorney may be present at an independent medical examination of the patient, at the discretion of the trial court.1
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