JAMA 100 Years Ago Section Editor: Jennifer
Reiling, Assistant Editor.
Very many physicians at one time or another are asked for advice in
cases of illegitimate child-bearing; the importance of this matter to the
several parties concerned is so great that unusually grave social responsibility
is thrown upon the adviser. A high, but not impracticable ideal for guidance
in such a case is set forth by H. H. Hart1 in a paper
on "The Physician and the Illegitimate Child." The physician practically controls
the policy of the community, especially in disposing of the child, Hart thinks,
and therefore it behooves him to carefully weigh his counsel. From large experience
as the superintendent of a children's home and aid society, Hart formulates
some important generalizations which are by no means obvious and which every
one who deals with this difficult problem should have well in mind.
ILLEGITIMACY AND THE PHYSICIAN.. JAMA. 2002;288(7):900. doi:10.1001/jama.288.7.900