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April 20, 1907

Certain Medical Aspects of Jury Trials.

JAMA. 1907;XLVIII(16):1364. doi:10.1001/jama.1907.02520420056014

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Providence, R. I., April 15, 1907.

To the Editor:  —Whenever any distinct fault with a public institution becomes evident to the medical profession, it becomes the duty of this profession to manifest its views to the proper authorities and to call for a remedy. The methods of certain commonwealths in the disposition of their convicts, the relations of convict and ordinary labor, the hygiene of prison life—all have been passed in review of late and discussed by professional and lay writers, but as yet the conduct of jury trials has not been regulated or to any extent criticised.Now it must be evident to any fair-minded person that 20, 30 and even 40 hours of constant discussion and deliberation is too much for any person; that no person after the lapse of such a period of thought is capable of sound judgment, and that any issue decided by jurors who

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