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February 24, 1894


JAMA. 1894;XXII(8):278-279. doi:10.1001/jama.1894.02420870036009

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The cause of death and a number of other medicolegal questions, as many as would hardly, ordinarily, be raised and decided in a half dozen or more cases, are exhaustively considered by the United States Circuit Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit, in the case of the Manufacturers' Accident Indemnity Company v. Dorgan, decided Nov. 6, 1893, and just reported in the advance sheets of 58 Federal Reporter, page 945. This was an action brought to recover for the death of a person who had gone on a fishing excursion, and was found by one of his companions, twenty minutes after he was seen playing a trout, lying in the brook, with his face downward and submerged in six inches of water, dead. The points decided of special interest to the medical profession, taken seriatim, are as follows:

While the opinion of a non-expert witness is not admissible in evidence on

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