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January 28, 1888

SPINAL CONCUSSION.Read in the Section on Medical Jurisprudence, at the Thirty-Eighth Annual Meeting of the American Medical Association, June, 1887.

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JAMA. 1888;X(4):97-104. doi:10.1001/jama.1888.02400300001001

It is not surprising that actions involving the basest characteristics of man's nature, the sordid ambition and desire for gain, should be accompanied by such disgraceful and wilful mendacity as is indulged in by both sides in those courts where proceedings for damages resulting from real or fictitious injuries received, occupy the attention of the judges and juries. Wherever greed exists there will surely be found, as its accompaniment, other vices of as despicable a nature; and it is but too true that in this busy community, where the struggle for existence is the hottest and most bitter, where success is due to merit and worth, and where industry and zeal alone tend to produce that condition of life which will permit the quiet and deserved indulgence of accumulated wealth, that there is found a large class whose chief desire is to live on the result of the exertions of