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October 10, 1931


JAMA. 1931;97(15):1089-1090. doi:10.1001/jama.1931.02730150045022

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Blood Groups and Paternity  In a recent decision, the court of cassation of Italy accepted the validity of evidence based on the relation of the blood group of the child to the blood groups of the parents in an endeavor to establish personal identity. Contrary to a previous opinion of the court of appeals, the court of cassation does not consider the distrust of this new method of diagnosis justified on the ground that its technic has not reached perfection. According to the highest court of appeal in Italy, inevitable uncertainties were associated at first with the application of the Landsteiner theory, but these may be regarded as overcome through improvements in technic introduced by Lattes, by Schiff and by Cuboni. As for the certainty of the results obtained by the examination of the blood groups, the studies and the researches carried out in recent years show that, while such

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