Imagine if you would, a newspaper or magazine putting together a story on tort reform and the American Bar Association declines to comment. Or in a similar scenario, the American Medical Association refuses to speak about a proposed Patient's Bill of Rights. Sounds a bit unbelievable, doesn't it?

Most of us who know lawyers realize this is a species that speaks at the sight of half a grapefruit. And doctors? Just ask them and they'll let you know their opinions are the only ones that matter whether it be directly to a patient or into a reporter's tape recorder.

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