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October 1965

Tracy's The Doctor as Witness.

Arch Intern Med. 1965;116(4):643-644. doi:10.1001/archinte.1965.03870040157057

This small volume is double-virtued; it is technical where necessary and most readable even for the uninitiated. Professor William J. Curran, Director of the Law-Medicine Institute, Boston University, has provided us with a second edition of a popular manual for doctors who may get to court as witnesses, retaining the clear, direct language of the original and adding fresh material which rounds out the text and somewhat expands the concept.

Eleven chapters carry the physicianreader through the basics of trial preparation, his duties and obligations as treating doctor and expert witness, and his testimony as generalist, specialist, and administrative helpmeet in workmen's compensation proceedings. The chapter on medical malpractice, a subject of intriguing interest today, is especially well done. Here the first and second editions (Tracy and Curran) are skillfully meshed to explain the basis of an action against a doctor—the doctor-patient relationship, the doctor's duty to prevent injury,