JAMES R. WEBSTER, M.D.
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To the editor: Brennan's (1) erudite discussion regarding the principles of testimony in toxic suits highlights a number of important issues and provides an excellent outline for expert medical witnesses and the lawyers who have to prepare them for trial. However, having recently finished extensive testimony in a dioxin suit (106 days, much of it on cross examination) (2), I think Brennan underestimates what I consider the major problem in such suits. I am speaking of the effects of so-called "experts" who reflexively and inductively support plaintiffs' claims to their own personal financial benefit.
One physician who testified for the
WEBSTER JR. Medical "Experts" in Litigation. Ann Intern Med. 1988;108:637–638. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-108-4-637_2
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1988;108(4):637-638.
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