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February 10, 1894


JAMA. 1894;XXII(6):196. doi:10.1001/jama.1894.02420850024008

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The United States Circuit Court of Appeals holds, in the case of the Mutual Benefit Life Insurance Company v. Robinson, decided Nov. 13, 1893, that under the provisions of the United States statutes, and the constructions of the Supreme Court upon them, a federal court is governed by the law of the State in which it sits with reference to the admissibility of the testimony of a physician in any given case. Consequently, where a State statute makes communications to a physician, properly intrusted to him in his professional capacity confidential and privileged, a United States court held in that State must treat them in the same way.

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