Trials of an Expert Witness: Tales of Clinical Neurology and the Law

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A collection of true-life case histories make up this book by neurologist Harold Klawan. He considers such questions as whether a train accident could precipitate multiple sclerosis, whether a man could be convicted of killing someone in his sleep, and whether epilepsy was behind Jack Ruby's murder of Lee Harvey Oswald? In the courtroom, it is the job of the medical expert witness to illuminate questions of life and death, right and wrong. The author himself has been an expert witness in numerous precedent-setting malpractice cases. Here he describes how doctors arrive at diagnosis and dangerous misdiagnosis, how medical malpractice suits are prosecuted, the obscure clues that neurologists must work from, and how doctors can facilitate the patient's search for truth - both in the examining room and the courtroom.

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Dr. Harold Klawans divided his time between two careers. As a professor of neurology and pharmacology at Rush University in Chicago and a recognized authority on Parkinson's disease and related conditions, he wrote more than 400 medical articles and wrote or edited over 50 books on medical topics. His first novel, Sins of Commission (1982), was a Book-of-the-Month Club alternate selection.

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"""... a series of witty and often chilling vignettes""
-- San Francisco Chronicle

""This fiery offering by Chicago's writing neurologist comes on like gangbusters."" -- Chicago Tribune

""As a novelist and a professor of neurology, Klawans...knows how to balance the technical with the emotive...The result is close to being the most fun you can have while reading a neurolegal book."" -- Financial Times

""... features the kind of pivotal courtroom scenes usually found in fiction."" -- Orlando Sentinel

""The point of each tale is clear; the telling is done in his not-familiar, crisp style...surehandedly leading the reader along. Although neurologists who read the book will have no great difficulty with the diagnostic problems that Klawans addresses, he discloses them in a way that requires attention; he sets little traps and gives his colleagues a chance to think with him, providing us with an added satisfaction not available to the nonmedical reader."" -- Archives of Neurology" (Archives of Neurology 2010-05-03)

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