MARTIN TERPLAN, M.D.
To the editor: Both Richman (1) and Morgan (2) describe in detail the foundation, expense, and inequality of awards in the workers' compensation system. Although both authors restrict their analysis to occupational lung disease, their general comments apply equally to all industrial injury—the full implications of which physicians poorly understand. In fact, many internists may not realize that complex issues of medical causation and degree of disability are settled in courts of law. The courts decide these issues on the basis of medical testimony, though often poor quality testimony.
Richman (1) provides examples of what he has termed "outrageous humbuggery," and
TERPLAN M. Compensation for Occupational Lung Disease. Ann Intern Med. 1983;98:409–410. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-98-3-409
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1983;98(3):409-410.
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