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April 3, 1897


JAMA. 1897;XXVIII(14):625-628. doi:10.1001/jama.1897.02440140001001

Medical and surgical expert testimony is frequently so unsatisfactory and useless to the attorney, who seeks for truth; to the judge, whose desire is the administration of justice; so subversive of the dignity and good name of the medical profession, and yet so helpful to the unscrupulous lawyer, who duly thrives and fattens at the expense of his client, that the subject must surely be worthy of your earnest consideration. As the matter now stands, it is too often a farce, and some of our ablest and most conscientious attorneys, being strongly impressed with its inutility in many cases, and disgusted with the senseless wrangle which instructs neither judge, the bar or the jury, are much inclined to get along without it. Does it not bring discredit to the medical profession that experts and medical attendants, on the side of the plaintiff, testify along certain lines, and that those on