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May 27, 1899

THE MEDICAL WITNESS.HIS RIGHTS AND WRONGS IN COURTS OF JUSTICE.

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ATLANTA, GA.

JAMA. 1899;XXXII(21):1148-1151. doi:10.1001/jama.1899.92450480009002c
Abstract

Unquestionably the medical witness has some rights, and as surely does he suffer many wrongs. The rights, briefly stated, refer to the proper treatment of the physician on the witness stand; to a just recognition of the relationship existing, or which ought to exist, between the physician and his patient; and to a true valuation of his expert services. The wrongs, in a word, relate to a misconception of his rights, br to an utter disregard of them.

The treatment accorded the physician on the stand depends, in great measure upon the witness himself, and in part upon the court and the attorneys engaged in a given case. But few lawyers—none of the better class—will undertake to mistreat a medical witness who demeans himself with propriety, who actually possesses the information which he claims, or ought to have, and who gives his evidence or states his opinion in a simple,

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