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December 15, 1888

REMARKS ON MEDICO-LEGAL ASPECTS OF SOME INJURIES OF THE SPINAL CORD.Read before the Chicago Medico-Legal Society, Oct. 6,1888.

JAMA. 1888;XI(24):844-845. doi:10.1001/jama.1888.02400750016001c

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Abstract

I have listened with a great deal of interest to the valuable paper of Drs. Burry and Andrews, and I must subscribe most heartily to the propositions advanced in it. It is, as the Doctor has well said, true, that the minds of the profession have for many years been too much under the influence of the dogmas laid down in Erichsen's work on "Railway Injuries." I am thoroughly satisfied that a great deal of injustice has been done and carried out through the agency of the courts upon the basis of opinions that have been formulated in accordance with that book, and I think it is really a very necessary thing to frequently give a word of caution like this to the profession that they avoid falling into the trap which is unwittingly opened before them by such a work. It has been well said that the pathology of

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