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October 10, 1896

Expert Medical Testimony.

JAMA. 1896;XXVII(15):822. doi:10.1001/jama.1896.02430930042008

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Philadelphia, Sept. 28, 1896.

To the Editor:  —There have been many papers and articles written on the subject of expert testimony but none I think so clearly express what is needed in courts as that published in our Journal of Sept. 26, by L. Harrison Mettler of Chicago, under the title of "Insanity in Court."The Doctor's arguments are so convincing that criticism is well nigh disarmed. His demand for a separate medical trial to precede the civil where a plea of insanity is offered, carries great weight and would seem to be perfectly fair.The commission, suggested by him, to be composed of learned and experienced experts appointed by the supreme court or in other constitutional way beyond the reach of politics is certainly to be desired.It is only too true that "the present system does not carry out the abstract spirit of the law that every man

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