Medicolegal

1909 Journal of the American Medical Association  
Dr. P. M. Ashburn, U. S. Army: I have seen only two patients who did not promptly recover under ipecac treatment if they could retain the drug. If I can not cure the disease within a month I feel doubtful of ever curing it. Du. G. Dock: I have been unable to follow all of my cases up. I consider ipecac more effective than any other drug in acute cases and have had better results from it in cases of long standing. vs. Braekey, that life tables offered in evidence were objected to on the ground
more » ... to on the ground that it affirmatively appeared that in view of the habits of the decedent such tables did not tend to show what his expectancy of life would have been. But such tables may go to the jury for what they are worth, although they relate to the expectancy of a person in good health, and with¬ out impairment by bad habits. They are not conclusive, but may be considered by the jury in connection with evidence as to the physical condition, vocation, and habits of the person whose probable length of life is to be estimated by the jury. The jury was instructed in this case that if the evidence introduced on the trial showed the acts, conduct, demeanor, and conditions of the decedent to have been substantially as stated in certain hypothetical questions, then the testimony of the medical witnesses, based on such questions, might be given such weight and value as the jury believed tl.em fairly entitled to. If, however, the evidence did not substantially sustain the supposed state of facts presented in the hypo¬ thetical questions asked such witnesses, or if the testimony of such witnesses was in conflict with physical facts, then the jury should attach no weight whatever to the answers of med¬ ical witnesses founded thereon. While it was left to the
doi:10.1001/jama.1909.02540450070033 fatcat:nozdxhlcbjauzflsikevuaew5a