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Physicians, as members of society and as professionals, have a duty to testify in court as expert witnesses. The American College of Physicians strongly encourages this participation by its members and other physicians in the administration of justice. Small numbers of physicians should not spend disproportionate amounts of time testifying; rather, more physicians should try to be available to serve as experts as a component of their professional activities.
Medical expert testimony must be readily available and objective. The adversary legal system allows each side of a lawsuit to present the opinions of expert witnesses. A physician should agree to
Guidelines for the Physician Expert Witness. Ann Intern Med. 1990;113:789. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-113-10-789
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1990;113(10):789.
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