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Hospitals: Rendition of Emergency Treatment Not Acceptance of Patient.—
The regulations of the defendant hospital forbade the acceptance of patients afflicted with contagious diseases. The plaintiff took his 21/2 year old daughter, desperately ill with diphtheria, to the hospital. There under direction of the house physician, Dr. Stock, the child was carried to the emergency room, a swab was made of her throat, and oxygen and 20,000 units of antitoxin were administered. A few minutes later 20,000 more units of antitoxin was administered after a consultation between Dr. Stock, the hospital superintendent and another physician. Soon thereafter the superintendent ordered the child to be removed from the hospital. Dr. Stock advised the plaintiff to obtain a physician immediately and gave him a memorandum of what had been done. The plaintiff then drove with the child about seven miles to his home. About ten minutes later the plaintiff's family physician arrived
Medicolegal. JAMA. 1935;105(4):308. doi:10.1001/jama.1935.02760300068035