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Equity in Causation Judgments

Ann Intern Med. 1987;107(5):766-768. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-107-5-766
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Brennan's absorbing article in this issue (1) on hazardous substance litigation is an erudite and lucid analysis of conflicting understandings of causation in medicine and law. His suggestions to physicians for carefully monitoring their behavior when testifying in hazardous substance litigation provide practical guidelines for expert witnesses committed to informing, rather than manipulating or swaying, a judge or jury. One might ask, however, whether this sort of scholarly, evenhanded advice addresses the real problem. Certainly, the public perceives that expert testimony is cut to satisfy the fashion of the highest bidder and that we live in an era of scientific




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