PETER J. JEDERLINIC, M.D.
JEDERLINIC PJ. A Jury of Medical Experts. Ann Intern Med. 1988;108:495. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-108-3-495_3
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1988;108(3):495.
To the editor: Dr. Brennan (1) raises several interesting issues in his article on hazardous substance litigation. There is little doubt that leaving the final determination of truth in the courtroom to the anecdotal experience of the treating physician is unfair and is often based on emotion rather than scientific reason. The "gun-for-hire" expert witness is an equally unacceptable alternative frequently used by both sides. Whether the federally funded researcher-clinician should be allowed to act as expert witness for industry at all is an ethical question not yet addressed.
A jury is often asked to deliver a verdict in a
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