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September 6, 1965

Tracy's The Doctor as a Witness

JAMA. 1965;193(10):856-857. doi:10.1001/jama.1965.03090100102052

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Abstract

As Ogden Nash has written: "The noblest lord is ushered in by a registered physician, and the humblest lout is ushered out by a certified mortician, and in between they find their foyers crowded with summonses from lawyers." The physician who is worried about these "in-betweens," (and what physician is not), will find great help and solace in between the covers of this little book.

The original edition was written by Professor John Evarts Tracy, now deceased, but formerly on the faculty of the University of Michigan Law School. It was then, and in its second edition is still, one of the best primers on the medical expert witness.

Professor Curran carries the reader from the institution of a lawsuit and the obligations of the physician to testify in proper cases in which he possesses a knowledge not possessed by others, through the steps he should take to prepare himself

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