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August 10, 1889

Papers Read before the Medico-Legal Society of New York.

JAMA. 1889;XIII(6):214-215. doi:10.1001/jama.1889.04440040034014

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Casper's great work on forensic medicine is to be found in the libraries of most of those who profess any extensive knowledge of this department. Notwithstanding its author has been dead for more than twenty-five years, age appears not to have made it the less valuable. But it is not given to all branches of science to grow old so slowly, and the wisdom of the Medico-Legal Society, of New York, in reprinting all the papers which have been read before it, is apparent. The present volume, or first series, includes papers read in the years 1868–'69–'70 and '71. In Dr. Jas. J. O'Dea's essay regarding "The Sphere, Rights and Obligations of Medical Experts," he says: "Next to slander, unreasonable expectation is the greatest foe to character." If physicians acted wisely they would insist upon drawing a sharp line of distinction between the medical witness and the medical-expert witness. Expert

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