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Trials and Tribulations: What Happens When Historians Enter the Courtroom

By David Rosner


In recent years, historians have been brought into legal cases in unprecedented numbers. As the courts have tried to adjudicate responsibility for environmental and occupational diseases, history has played an increasingly central role in decisions that affect the cases themselves and in social policy regarding risk. In suits over tobacco-related diseases, asbestosis, radiation, and other toxic substances, more historians of technology and science, social history, and public health are being sought to provide testimony aimed at assessing responsibility for damages that have arisen years--sometimes decades--after exposure. Here, Rosner traces the use of historians as experts in litigation

Topics: Evidence, Expert, Social responsibility, Historians, Social policy, Litigation, Human exposure, Expert witness testimony, Law
Publisher: Duke University School of Law
Year: 2009
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