The courts, expert witnesses & fibromyalgia (FM)

Fibromyalgia, a condition that sometimes causes disagreement among
physicians, has also been debated in several court cases that
highlight the role of physicians as expert witnesses. Lawyer
Karen Capen says physicians who provide expert opinion in
court should be aware that there are specific requirements
regarding their qualifications. In an Alberta court case, a
judge discounted evidence provided by a rheumatologist who ran
a clinic that treated fibromyalgia patients because of his
"personal and perhaps financial interest in perpetuating the
existence of this condition." The judge ruled that "this
particular disorder is often found in individuals who will not
or cannot cope with everyday stresses of life and convert this
inability into acceptable physical symptoms to avoid dealing
with reality."

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