Laws of men and laws of nature : the history of scientific expert testimony in England and America

Golan, Tal

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  • Creator Tal Golan
  • Format Books
  • Publication Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 2004.
  • Physical Details
    • viii, 325 pages : map ; 25 cm
  • ISBNs 0674012860, 9780674012868
  • OCLC ocm54685435


  • Tal Golan charts the use of expert testimony in British and American courtrooms from the 18th century to the present day. He assesses the standing of the expert witness, which has in recent years declined amid courtroom drama and media jeering.


  • Includes bibliographical references (pages [267]-313) and index.


  • "Where there's muck there's brass": the rise of the modern expert witness -- The common liar, the damned liar, and the scientific expert: the growing problem of expert testimony -- Who shall decide where experts disagree? The Nineteenth-century debates -- Blood will out: distinguishing humans from animals and scientists from charlatans -- The authority of shadows: the law and x-rays -- Science unwanted: the law and psychology
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