n SA Journal of Radiology - The role of the expert witness in court : editorial

Volume 13, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1027-202X
  • E-ISSN: 2078-6778



The use of an 'itinerant' expert witness in our civil courts used to be confined mostly to the field of forensic pathology, but has now become established in radiology. Doctors are often accused of closing ranks in malpractice claims against colleagues by a patient. In my experience, radiologists invariably have been balanced and responsible when asked to comment on malpractice issues ; in 40 years of practise, I have never seen or heard of a deliberate cover-up to protect a colleague's interestsabove those of a patient.

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