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March 27, 1897

West Virginia Law Amended.

JAMA. 1897;XXVIII(13):613-614. doi:10.1001/jama.1897.02440130039013

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Parkersburg, W. Va., March 17, 1897.

To the Editor:  —In the Journal of June 8, 1896, I gave a brief history of a suit for damages for malpractice, calling especial attention to the ruling of the trial judge, in denying the defendants from testifying in their own behalf in regard to any personal transaction or communication had with the deceased, whose death it was alleged, ensued because of malpractice by the defendants. The continuance of that history is, that the plaintiffs abandoned the case and allowed a decree of non-suit to be entered, thus ending the suit. The matter was brought up in the last meeting of the State Medical Society, held in Wheeling, June, 1896, and a committee appointed to ask the legislature to change the law, so as to allow a physician sued for damages arising from the death of a patient through alleged malpractice, to testify in

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