chapter  3
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Lawyers and Litigation

When I began to practice neurosomatic medicine, I knew more about wielding a vorpal blade to slay a manxome foe in the tulgey wood than about using it to fence with lawyers in the medicolegal arena. I personally know attorneys who are honest, good, kind, and intelligent and who are well prepared when they depose a witness or try a case in court. Unfortunately, encounters with such individuals professionally in the context of neurosomatic medicine are exceptions. The lawyers with whom I am friendly do not usually specialize in personal injury or disability litigation. Posttraumatic fibromyalgia and denial of disability payments for neurosomatic illnesses are the two main issues that bring me into contact with the legal profession, putting aside for the moment spurious allegations of my own negligence or (gross) incompetence in the case of my patients.