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.
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WEBSTER JR. Medical "Experts" in Litigation. Ann Intern Med. ;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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