July 27, 1935


JAMA. 1935;105(4):308. doi:10.1001/jama.1935.02760300068035

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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

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