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October 3, 1896


JAMA. 1896;XXVII(14):770. doi:10.1001/jama.1896.02430920046007

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The unsatisfactory conditions that exist in regard to medical expert testimony, have been the subject of a vast amount of earnest thought and their discussion has occupied no inconsiderable space in medical literature, but as yet the questions that have been raised seem very far from a satisfactory settlement. That they are living questions of the day is sufficiently demonstrated by the contents of the last issue of the Journal, which contained three valuable communications by leading men in our profession together with the equally able discussion that they incited. The views there enunciated are certainly worthy of respect and careful consideration, but as the discussion shows, the solutions offered of the actual difficulties are not in all ways acceptable. Reform of abuses in medical expert testimony as they exist in our present methods of judicial inquiry is most desirable, but no one seems to have yet discovered the universally

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