chapter  7
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Narrative and Performance in Forensic Psychiatry and Psychology Practice

ByEzra E.H. Griffi th

On December 16, 1897, at a meeting of the Boston Medico-Psychological Society, Dr. Walter Channing read a paper on the subject of medical expert testimony that was published the following year (Channing 1898). Born into a family of distinguished physicians, Channing founded the Channing Sanitorium in Wellesley, Massachusetts and was an expert witness in the trial of Charles Guiteau, who assassinated President James Garfi eld. Channing went on to become Professor of Mental Diseases at Tuft s Medical College and died in 1921 at age seventy-two (Stedman, Blumer, and Howard 1922).