A doctor of medicine who has made mental diseases, those affecting the mind intellectually, and the moral or spiritual faculties, his special study and practice. State v Reidell, 14 Del (9 Houst) 470, 474, 14 A 550. A doctor of medicine qualified by reason of experience, knowledge, and previous opportunities to examine and give his opinion as to the mental condition of a person at a particular time. People v Norton, 138 Cal App 70, 31 P2d 809.

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