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August 28, 1897


JAMA. 1897;XXIX(9):446-447. doi:10.1001/jama.1897.02440350044007

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The address of vice-president and chairman W. P. Mason of the Chemical Section of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, at its recent Detroit meeting, dealt with a subject that has some interest to medical men, especially those who are called upon to give their opinions in courts of justice—that of expert testimony. Those of us also who make no special claims to expertness also have reason to desire, for the credit of our profession, that something should be done or said to better the status of the medical expert, and the suggestions here offered by one who is not a physician but a chemist, is an additional proof of what is not perhaps fully appreciated by us, that experts in all branches of science suffer under the same disadvantages before our tribunals. The pseudo-scientist abounds everywhere and discredits all the learned professions alike, and ignorant counsel and

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